Storm sidesteps soggy Okanagan, B.C., but flood threat still looms
Thunderstorms and heavy rain bypassed British Columbia’s Okanagan region Thursday night, sparing the floodplagued region from further high water, but emergency officials said the danger has not passed.
The Central Okanagan emergency operations centre said in a news release on Friday that unstable weather would maintain the flood risk.
“It’s pretty dynamic,” said centre spokeswoman Kari O’Rourke. “We are concerned because of the lake levels, we are at full pool now, and we haven’t hit the peak of our freshet, so that is going to be continually monitored and assessed as we go along,” she said. A freshet is the significant rise in river levels caused by melting snow, and the River Forecast Centre has estimated snowpacks in the Okanagan region to be as much as 147 per cent above normal, with much of the melt still to come.
The melting snowpack and recent rain caused flooding, washouts and mudslides in many areas of the south and central Interior, forcing evacuations and evacuation alerts.