Most residents of evacuated Tulameen, B.C., homes allowed to return

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen said in a Tuesday evening release that only 15 homes remain under an evacuation order.

Flood danger caused evacuation of 148 homes on Sunday

The threat of flooding prompted officials to declare a local state of emergency for the Tulameen area near Princeton, B.C. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

Residents of most of the 148 homes near Tulameen, B.C., that were evacuated Sunday due to flood danger will now be able to return home.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen said in a Tuesday evening release that only 15 homes would remain under evacuation order. An evacuation alert is in effect for the remaining homes.

A resident's basement is flooded. A neighbour tries to pump out the water but most of the damage has been done. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

The homes still under the order are along or near the edge of Otter Lake.

"This reduction of the Evacuation Order area is due to the placement of rock gabion and aqua barriers by the emergency crews," the statement read.

The RDOS released this map Tuesday evening about the new orders and alerts. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen)

A state of local emergency was declared on Sunday for the Tulameen community, which lies south of Merritt.

That state of emergency remains in effect, according to the district's website.

Residents under alert are advised they may need to leave their homes on short notice.

A state of emergency was declared on April 29, 2018 due to the danger. 1:32