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BULLETIN # 2 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness

May 09, 2018
For Immediate Release
Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness

Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates.
Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels.

The Town of Osoyoos and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Area “A” are warning property owners along Osoyoos Lake that due to heavy rains, thunderstorms, warm weather and snow melt, the levels of Osoyoos Lake could potentially reach 916 feet or higher.  Last year the level peaked at 914.88 feet.

The lake is rising rapidly and all agencies are actively assessing the situations and should conditions deteriorate, each local government will put Evacuation Alerts in place for their affected residents.

Information on how residents should prepare themselves is listed below. If the situation deteriorates, strategic Evacuation Orders may be implemented. All affected residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to road closures or evacuation orders. However, situations may dictate that residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. It is important to be proactive, assess your property for potential flooding or damage, and make mitigation efforts. Sand and sandbags are available at the following locations:

•    Highway 3 across from the Osoyoos Dairy Queen - 5914 Main St, Osoyoos
•    The Boat Trailer Parking lot located at  Highway 3 - 6901 Main St, Osoyoos
•    91st street at Highway 97 (bottom of graveyard hill)

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN A PRECAUTIONARY ALERT OR EVACUATION ALERT IS IN EFFECT

Upon notification of an EVACUATION ALERT, residents should be prepared for immediate evacuation by:

  • Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting place outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated;
  • Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), cell phone charges and immediate care needs for dependents and, if chosen, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure;
  • Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children;
  • Moving pets and livestock to a safe area;
  • Arranging to transport household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. Affected residents needing transportation assistance from the area can call the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225;
  • Arranging accommodation for family members if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required. Contact 250-490-4225 for information;
  • Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centre

Please check in with neighbours to see if they require assistance in filling sandbags.  There have been several requests for volunteers to help with sandbags by individual property owners.  Volunteers wishing to help can contact the Town of Osoyoos office at 250-495-6515 or the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225.

Check in with neighbours and make children aware of the potential hazard of being close to creeks with high or fast flowing water.  Keep pets away from fast moving water
More information can be found on the Town of Osoyoos website at www.osoyoos.ca or Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) website at www.rdos.bc.ca.

Mark Woods                                      Janette Van Vianen
Emergency Operations Center         Town of Osoyoos, Emergency Program Coordinator
RDOS EOC Ph: 250-490-4225

Media enquiries are to be directed to the RDOS EOC.

                                             

Event date: 
Wednesday, 09 May, 2018
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While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this data, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the Town of Osoyoos.   Town of Osoyoos
Box 3010, 8707 Main Street
Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
(TF) 1.888.495.6515
(T) 250.495.6515
(F) 250.495.2400
(E) info@osoyoos.ca

 

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