With Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes close to capacity, residents and visitors are being asked to take measures to prevent damage to private property, parks and roads
City spokesperson Tanya Laing Gahr says people are advised to leave any debris along the lakeshores until the flood threat has passed.
“We understand it’s not beautiful to look at, but it does provide a cushion against any of the waves that come up in these high flood water times,” Laing Gahr tells Kiss FM.
Photo: Part of pier at Kal Beach on Kalamalka Lake is under water (Photo courtesy of Legacy Photography.)
Boaters are asked to watch out for debris in the water, and to slow down and avoid creating waves near the shoreline.
There may be reduced boat traffic on local lakes this long weekend as the boat launches at the north end of Kal Lake are closed, and the Vernon launches on Okanagan Lake may also close if water levels continue to rise.
“What we know is we are about 30 centimeters away form a complete flood. We’re at capacity right now and full pool is imminent,” says Laing Gahr.
Private docks are also at risk from high water levels and waves. Homeowners can secure anchored docks by ensuring the anchor lines are long enough that they won’t snap if water levels rise. Pull-up docks should be raised as high as possible. Secure docks using sandbags or weighted barrels on the edge of the dock and remove all loose items.
Residents with sandbags protecting their property should keep them in place until the risk of flood has passed.