Still some South Okanagan homes
dealing with flood threat

A security guard in May walks on the wall of sandbags and gabion baskets holding back the Twin Lakes northwest of Osoyoos. Dale Boyd/Penticton Herald

While most of the South Okanagan has moved beyond the spring flooding threat, a number of properties remain under evacuation order and alert.

The latest community to come off the list was Twin Lakes, where the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Tuesday released nine homes from evacuation order and an additional 68 properties from evacuation alert.

The RDOS noted the threat of flooding due to high water levels is “reduced,” and the “potential danger to life, health and property has diminished.”

The evacuation alerts and orders were issued in early May. As part of extensive flood-mitigation measures, Canadian armed forces were deployed to lay sandbags and patrol dikes.

Elsewhere in the RDOS, evacuation orders remain in place in the Sportsmens Bowl area just north of Oliver, on Green Mountain Road and in Riverside Estates in Okanagan Falls.

About 10 homes are still affected.

Across the Okanagan-Similkameen, states of emergency still exist in Areas A, C, D, F and G.

Osoyoos Lake, meanwhile, continues to hover around 912 feet, slightly above normal for this time of year.

 

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