An evacuation alert has been issued for 11 properties south of Oliver, and an alert for a further three properties.

Oliver area properties under evacuation order

Several properties south of Oliver are now under evacuation order

An evacuation order has been issued for properties south of Oliver along Tinhorn Creek.

At 4:30 p.m. on May 20, a debris flood in Tinhorn Creek dragged debris downstream that has partially blocked culverts and diverted the flow of the creek. Due to the threat of sudden flooding, properties at the bottom of Tinhorn Creek have been evacuated. All residents on the affected properties should leave immediately.

Members of the RCMP are visiting all homes; evacuating residents and seasonal labourers at the affected properties. Highway 97, which passes through the evacuation order area, remains open at this time.

An Emergency Support Services reception centre has been set up at the Penticton Community Centre at 325 Power St. The reception centre phone number is 250-809-6561. Any affected residents staying with family or friends are asked to register as soon as possible by visiting the reception centre in Penticton or by calling 250-809-6591.

Residents are asked to shut off all gas and electrical appliances other than freezers and refrigerators. Gates should be closed but not locked. Residents should gather family members and critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, keys) only if immediately available. Take pets in kennels or on a leash.

The evacuation order includes 11 properties along Road 8 and Road 9, south of Oliver: 450 Road 8, 152, 212, 238, 242, 250, 278, 280, 292, 298, 306 and 350 on Road 9.

A precautionary evacuation alert has also been issued for an additional four properties south of Tinhorn Creek. The properties under an advisory evacuation alert are 5046 Highway 97, 385, 339 and 321 on Road 9.

Affected residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation. However, residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
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