Sandbagging locations are located in Keremeos at 1st Avenue and Hwy 3A, and in Olalla on Main Street at the intersections of 1st Street, and 5th Street. (File)

Potential for high water in Keremeos and surrounding areas, warns RDOS

Residents encouraged to start preparing for localized flooding

A potential for high water in Keremeos and the surrounding areas has prompted a notice by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

Residents in Olalla are also encouraged to prepare for localized flooding.

The regional district says the Similkameen River and Keremeos Creek have the potential to rise significantly in the coming days, and low-lying land and areas near rivers, creeks, and drainages could also see a rise in groundwater.

READ MORE: Influential Oliver man, Bill Ross dies unexpectedly

As a result, their Emergency Operations Centre is taking immediate steps to reduce household wastewater drainage. This, they explain, also includes septic systems which have the potential to stop working if flooded.

The centre recommends:

  • Flush toilets only when necessary
  • Take brief showers instead of baths if possible, and don’t leave water running
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the tap running
  • Only run dishwashers on quick cycles
  • Water your gardens by hand
  • If you experience crawlspace flooding, pump into the storm sewer if possible.

The emergency centre expects groundwater will rise for the next few days and start to recede within the next week or two.

Sandbagging locations are located in Keremeos at First Avenue and Highway 3A, and in Olalla on Main Street at the intersections of First Street, and Fifth Street.

For up-to-date information from the RDOS visit http://emergency.rdos.bc.ca or call 250-490-4225.

READ MORE: Interior Health gives go ahead for gyms to reopen on May 19

@KeremeosNews
phil.mclachlan@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

flood watch

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

After slow start, Summerland sees more tourism activity

Majority of visitors come from within British Columbia

EDITORIAL: Accommodating Okanagan fruit pickers

Campsite for agricultural workers to open in Summerland

Deer and moose die after being chased by dogs in Naramata

BC conservation officers are asking the public to control their pets

Two facing charges after RCMP search Penticton motel, find firearms, drug-trafficking related items

Samuel Prescott-Perreault, 32 years old, and 27-year-old Paige Rist are facing charges

Booze on beach extended through summer in Penticton

Pilot project will stay in place until Oct. 15

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Security guard assaulted in Kamloops park thanks police, public for quick arrest

Glen Warner, 71, was attacked on July 2 by a man who was asked by Warner to not smoke

Portraits celebrating Syilx culture now on display at Kelowna International Airport

Sheldon Pierre Louis’ art will be on display at YLW from now until July 2021

3 people dead in Prince George motel fire

Fire personnel believe the blaze was suspicious although investigation in early stages

Man found dead on Okanagan trail identified as Hollywood actor

GoFundMe campaign launched for man found dead at summit of Spion Kop

B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

MLAs to recommend Police Act changes by May 2021

Trail RCMP officer accused of criminal harassment, forcible entry

BCPS: The charges against Murchie date between 2017 and 2020

Most Read