Creeks Are Rising Around the Okanagan

With temperatures climbing, snow pack melting and rain in the forecast will cause the creeks and rivers in the Okanagan to overflow. Showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the Valley over the next few days.

Warnings are being issued for the Southern Interior including Mission Creek in Kelowna and small streams and rivers around Princeton, Penticton, Osoyoos, Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, Salmon Arm and surrounding areas.

Flooding can occur at any time in the Okanagan with little or no warning so be prepared.  Contact Stutters if you experience any water damage to your home.  How you can prepare for flooding:

  • One of the biggest sources of stress in an emergency is not knowing where your family members are. It’s important to make a plan with your family members to ensure their safety and your own. As part of your family plan, you should plan a safe meeting spot outside your neighborhood in case you are unable to return to your home or neighborhood.
  • What are all the ways you can get to and from your home, work or neighborhood? What are your mobility options, such as taking public transit, driving, biking and walking.
  • Have your emergency kit and keep it in an easy-to-access location. Supply of water and food for your family. Don’t forget your pet.
  • Keep a paper copy of important phone numbers in your emergency kit.  If power is not available and electronic devices cannot be accessed, you may not recall contact information when you need it.
  • Utility shut-offs: Knowing where the shut-offs for your utility services and appliances are and how to use them may reduce the damage to your property. If you have time to do so prior to evacuating, shut off your utilities and appliances
  • Contact your insurance company and find out what your insurance policy covers. Most policies do not provide coverage for certain types of flooding or they have restrictions and place limits on flood risks.
  • Move your electronics If possible, move televisions, computers, appliances, stereo and electronic equipment to higher levels in your home and away from windows.
  • Improve your yard drainage and prevent water from collecting beside your house and seeping into the basement. Your yard and garden areas should slope away from your house and onto a grassed area in the front or backyard
  • Check your eaves-troughs and downspouts to make sure they are all clear.
  • Maintain your property’s lot grading by lowering the grade of your property for a walk-out basement, garage or any other reason, creates a pathway for water to enter your home.

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