Now 14 cm above ‘full pool’
Photo: Ed Burke
Okanagan emergency authorities are advising property owners on the waterfront to be vigilant while sea levels continue to rise.
Okanagan Lake is now 14 inches above the target for “full pool” and is expected to creep higher. Fortunately, the influx to the lake, like Mission Creek, is declining, and that increase is beginning to slow down.
But with the lake as full as it is, wind or boat guards have the potential to cause erosion and damage to the foreshore and harbor.
“Property owners are responsible for their own property and should ensure that docks are secured and that the anchor lines are long enough so they do not break if the water continues to rise,” said Sandra Follack, coordinator of the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program. “There are still high winds in the forecast and we want residents to be prepared.”
Residents are also advised to be careful near streams that are still flowing fast and may have unstable banks.
Waste along the lake shore should remain in place until the water level drops to protect the coast from erosion.
“Preparedness is the key in any emergency; including a flood. Get Prepared BC has a complete list of tips on what to do before, during and after a flood, ”the emergency authorities said in a press release.
Locations for sand and sandbags can be found at cordemergency.ca/map. Sand and sandbag locations are now available for the Peachland, West Kelowna and Joe Rich areas.
You can track Okanagan Lake levels on Castanet here.
Photo: Castanet Staff