B.C. issues alert for evacuation to 148 homeowners

Published: April 17, 2018

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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British Columbia Interior has been hit by major floods this past week, resulting in roads being washed out and some residents under an evacuation alert. The Ministry of Transportation has issued a posting confirming Highway 33 from Mission Creek Bridge to Kelowna has been closed in both directions because the road is washed out.

Additionally, Highway 3A north of Keremeos has also been closed in both directions, with a mudslide cited as the cause of the closure. The government agency says both highways could be closed throughout today.

On a local level, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen reports it has placed 148 homes on alert for evacuation due to a dam and culvert that could potentially release. With this alert, residents in those homes should be prepared to leave their properties immediately if an evacuation order goes live.

Among the essentials recommended to take as medications, documents, and a plan for where to stay if not able to go home.

This area of B.C. has already faced a local state emergency has already been issued this year when dams in the regions reached capacity in March. Spring rains and excessive snowmelt have brought the flood season to the province as a milder close to winter caused more water than usual.

Okanagan-Similkameen authorities say rainfall this past weekend caused Green Lake to overflow and work is underway to improve mitigation in the area. The lake is also in the process of being pumped to bring water levels under control.