Flooding is widespread throughout Armstrong. (Kelly Cooper/Facebook)

UPDATE: Armstrong declares flood emergency

The City of Armstrong has declared a state of local emergency due to flooding which is occurring throughout the community

UPDATE: The City of Armstrong continues to monitor the flooding situation.

Water levels remain steady in low lying areas and have receded slightly in other areas.

Road closures remain in effect for the Smith Drive commercial area (between Smith Road and Pleasant Valley Boulevard) and Okanagan Street (between Patterson Avenue and Wolfenden Terrace) as well as the Patterson Avenue/Becker Street intersection.

Fire department personnel are manning barricades however emergency access is available if needed.

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Flooding continues to create challenges throughout the North Okanagan.

The City of Armstrong has declared a state of local emergency due to flooding which is occurring throughout the community.

“Significant volumes of water are collecting in low lying areas as a result of heavy rains and snow melt,” said Warren Smith, emergency program co-ordinator.

There are temporary road closures in place on Smith Drive (between Smith Road and Pleasant Valley Boulevard) and Okanagan Street (between Patterson Avenue and Wolfenden Terrace) due to flooding on the roadways.

Sand and bags are currently available at the public works yard. A second site will be set up across the road from Memorial Park, near the Van Diest Trail access point.

Residents whose homes are impacted by the flooding should call city hall at 250-546-3023.

Red Cross emergency support services are being co-ordinated for affected residents. Those residents needed assistance should contact 1-888-800-6493.

Due to rising water levels, the Regional District of North Okanagan has placed two homes in the vicinity of the Duteau Creek headgates dam on evacuation notice. Operations staff continue to monitor conditions.

Due to elevated turbidity levels, the Greater Vernon Water Utility is switching its water source from Duteau Creek to Kalamalka Lake.

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Posted by Gail Blaney on Friday, May 5, 2017