Friday, September 30, 2022

Flood watch: Kelowna’s second day of local emergency – Vernon Morning Star

All eyes are on the upper reaches of Mission Creek, Scotty Creek and Mill Creek as impending flooding strikes Fresh Kelowna in late spring, while one person is likely drowned in fast-moving water.

On Monday, the regional district of Central Okanagan declared a local emergency, as residents remain on high alert.

The special weather statement issued on Sunday, which called for prolonged rain, has now ended, with officials predicting that rivers will continue to flow across the province.

Environment Canada had forecast 20 to 40 mm of rain in 24 hours, however, Kelowna saw up to 65 mm of rain – which could be more than the Gulf.

RDCO Emergency Program Coordinator Sandra Follack said it was “completely unexpected”.

Following the declaration of a state of emergency, the RCMP was called along with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue to Pasadena Road to search for anyone who had been swept away by the fast-moving Mission Creek.

“We don’t know for sure,” said Duane Tresnich with Koser. “Right now we are searching to see if this happened. The RCMP has called us to help locate the missing person.”

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, emergency workers had no further information about the situation.

locked by rubble

The KLO Road on the KLO Bridge between Leader and Spears Road remains closed intermittently due to clearing of debris.

Staff are working relentlessly to clear debris and flaggers are on site to direct traffic. Kasorso Road on Swamp Road remains open at this time even though the footpath is flooded.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Center is active and city workers are inspecting bridges, looking for debris in areas and monitoring water levels and weather.

sand and bags available

Property owners in flood-prone and low-lying areas are responsible for protecting their properties from potential flood damage.

Residents of affected areas who may be concerned about their properties can pick up sand and sandbags at the Capital News Center, located at the corner of Gordon and Lequim Roads.

For Wednesday, Environment Canada is expected to receive 30 percent rain in the afternoon with thunderstorms.

Thursday appears to be more unpredictable with a 70 percent chance of rain for the day.

what does local emergency mean

Emergency powers available to local authorities include:

• to acquire or use any land or private property deemed necessary to prevent, respond to or mitigate the effects of an emergency or disaster;

• any person authorized or required to provide assistance of any kind to prevent, respond to or mitigate the effects of an emergency or disaster;

• Cause the evacuation of people and livestock, animals and personal property from any area of ​​British Columbia that is or may be affected by an emergency or disaster and to provide for the adequate care and protection of those persons, livestock, animals and personal property;

• Authorizing without warrant the entry of any person into any building or any land in the course of carrying out an emergency plan or program or if otherwise considered necessary by the Minister to prevent, respond to or mitigate the effects of the emergency goes. or disaster;

• Cause the felling or removal of any trees, structures or crops if the demolition or removal is considered necessary or appropriate by the Minister to prevent, respond to or mitigate the effects of any emergency or disaster;

• To create such actions as may be considered necessary or appropriate by the Minister to prevent, respond to or mitigate the effects of any emergency or disaster.

For up-to-date information on the situation visit the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website or follow them on Twitter.

emergency numbers to shut down

• To report an emergency, including a threat to life, call 911.

• Contact your local Public Works Department to report a flood problem or potential problem (non-emergency).

• Kelowna City: 250-469-8600

• West Kelowna Cities: 778-797-1000

• Lake Country District: 250-766-5650

• Peachland District: 250-767-2108

• Westbank First Nations: 250-707-0493

• Regional District East and West of the Central Okanagan Electoral Areas: 250-763-4918.

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