Town ends state of emergency as lake recedes

While others enjoy the Cactus Jalopies show Saturday morning, a young family checked out Osoyoos Lake.

The Osoyoos community’s 2018 spring flooding event is officially over.

The Town of Osoyoos — working with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and the Province of British Columbia — has rescinded the State of Local Emergency imposed May 9 as Osoyoos Lake returns to its normal level.

The lake was at 912.91 feet — as measured by the US Geological Service at its Oroville, WA, station — at 9:30 this morning.

“The threat of flooding in the Town of Osoyoos no longer requires prompt coordination of action or special regulation of persons or property to protect the health, safety or welfare of people or to limit damage to property,” the Town said Friday.

The Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel and the Paradise Park RV Resort — along with two remaining residential properties — were released from evacuation order.

Residents living in properties along Osoyoos Lake in the Willow Beach subdivision are also allowed to return home. An evacuation alert for other properties along the lake was also rescinded.


Residents with sandbags in place through the flood event can take them to the Osoyoos Landfill or drop them off on Main Street across from the Osoyoos Dairy Queen.

Residents choosing to remove their own sandbags are reminded sand is not to be dumped into the water or along the shorelines, although the sand can be used on other areas of the property away from any beach area.

No tipping fees will be charged for sand bags delivered to the Landfill.

Meanwhile, the Town reopenedthe Desert Sunrise Marina this morning

It is asking boaters, however, to “ensure that extra precaution is taken as the lake levels are still higher than normal.”

“Wake action should be minimized to prevent shoreline erosion. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated,” the Town said.

Boaters can also report any hazards they encounter to the marina operator or by calling 250-495-6515.


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