Multiple evacuation alerts and orders rescinded in B.C.'s Central Okanagan
Residents are advised to keep sandbags in place until the flood watch is over
Evacuation alerts and orders for hundreds of B.C. residents in Scotty Creek and a number of homes in Kelowna have been rescinded, as expected flooding in the Central Okanagan region failed to materialize.
Still residents are advised to keep sandbags in place until the flood watch has fully ended, and to be prepared for the situation to change quickly as conditions and weather patterns unfold.
Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says approximately 400 people remain on evacuation order.
Multiple water quality advisories also remain in effect.
Ron Mattiussi, director of emergency operations for Kelowna, warned residents the region isn't out of the woods just yet.
"This is way too early in the game. We got a reprieve. We may have three to four good days, but if another storm cycle moves in things could be just as bad," he said.
"If temperatures reach highs in the next week and then we have a thunderstorm, we could live the scenario we said the other day. We could be living this two to three more times before this is done."
Mattiussi said his main concern now is Lake Okanagan, where water levels are rising by four centimetres a day.
Unpredictable weather patterns are expected to continue until Sunday.
People are still sandbagging even though the storm overnight did not materialize. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bcstorm?src=hash">#bcstorm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KelownaFloods?src=hash">#KelownaFloods</a> <a href="https://t.co/lfkdngoqNE">pic.twitter.com/lfkdngoqNE</a>—@tinalovgreen
Flooding in Thompson-Nicola
The situation was similar west of the Okanagan in the Thompson-Nicola region, where some residents in Merritt were dealing with an overflowing Nicola River.
That was what Eleanor Ware and her family were dealing with over the weekend after heavy flooding started early Friday morning.
"It was really fast. Like really really fast," Ware said, standing in her front yard that is still covered in water nearly a half a metre deep in some parts.
"We lost our crops ... We have a quarter acre of garlic and I think it's rice right now."
Flooding also hit <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Merritt?src=hash">#Merritt</a>, where the Nicola River breached its banks late Thursday night <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bcfloods?src=hash">#bcfloods</a> <a href="https://t.co/EQrHFwLYAA">pic.twitter.com/EQrHFwLYAA</a>—@MaryseZeidler
But Ware fears the worst may still be to come. Like the Okanagan, the Thompson-Nicola got large amounts of snow this past winter.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg because this is low stuff that's coming down now, there is so much stuff on top still," she said.
"So I don't know how long this is going to take."
Ware has lived in that home for 60 years, and she said she's never seen flooding like this before.
This is part of the Nicola River right now, with houses all alongside it in Merritt <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bcfloods?src=hash">#bcfloods</a> <a href="https://t.co/u71FOTsvbT">pic.twitter.com/u71FOTsvbT</a>—@MaryseZeidler