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BULLETIN # 13 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness

May 15, 2018
Town of Osoyoos
For Immediate Release
Town of Osoyoos Infrastructure
 

  1. All essential community infrastructure related to water and sewer has been secured.
  2. Our focus has been on the sewer system and effects of additional water entering the system (the Town has sewer systems in Town and in Area “A” known as the Northwest Sector Sewer system).
  3. There is still additional water entering into our sewer system from flooded basements and sump pumps pumping water into the system. This action causes our pumping system to over work which may lead to pump failure. In the event of pump failure we may be forced to plug off sewer system based on an area plan, which may result in some areas losing sewer services. This action has already been initiated in the evacuated areas.
  4. The other critical area for consideration is the lagoon storage capacities for our recycled water. At peak flood levels we were experiencing capacity issues at the golf course lagoon storage. This situation was managed and we have implemented strategies to address this issue through additional drawdowns of our storage lagoons. These strategies include:
    • Placing recycled waters into our empty cell #3 which was under repair;
    • Increasing our flows to additional blow off areas;
    • The golf course will assist with additional watering;
    • Additional water of our park properties.
  5. Our ability to store our recycled water affects the entire community. If we have issues with storage we will be implementing a wider community sewer closure in areas of high volume. To avoid this issue we ask that all residents consider decreasing their use of sewer system. We are currently seeking out vacant property owners in flooded areas to assess their impacts on the system.
  6. In summary we ask all residents for cooperation in the following practices:
    • Ensure that basement floor drains in current projected areas of flooding are covered to prevent additional water into the sewer system;
    • Disconnect all sump pumps that are connected to the Town sewer system immediately;
    • On a community wide basis, take actions to minimize the unnecessary use of the sewer system;
    • Stay away from shoreline parks;
    • Stay away from all areas of the marina as they are closed;
    • Minimize travel into affected areas as people are working and we don’t need additional vehicle travel;
    • Secure your docks and take responsibility for them if they do float away;
    • If you do gain access to the lake, slow travel is recommended to avoid flooding and shoreline erosion
    • Respect flaggers and detour routes that have been established;
    • If you are aware of people who may be having difficulty let the town office know and we will attempt to action support.

 
The Town is extremely grateful for the excellent volunteer work and contributions that enable our sand bagging and community neighbour support efforts to be so successful.
 
For more information:
 
Website: www.osoyoos.ca
For immediate inquiries call the RDOS EOC (250) 490-4225
 
Janette Van Vianen, Emergency Program Coordinator
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Event date: 
Wednesday, 16 May, 2018
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Box 3010, 8707 Main Street
Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
(TF) 1.888.495.6515
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