Evacuation alert issued for Green Lake area

Evacuation alert issued for Green Lake area

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A local state of emergency and an evacuation alert have been issued for the Green Lake area in Electoral Area ā€˜Dā€™.

Increased rainfall is expected over the weekend and will possibly result in the cresting of Green Lake.

Potential overflows may cause flooding of homes, property and hinder transportation access along a portion of Green Lake Road.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has received an order from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) to conduct emergency works on Crown Land to mitigate the flooding.

The RDOS has secured funding through Emergency Management BC (EMBC) to place engineers to design a pumping operation to manage the water level in Green Lake. This pumping operation is expected to commence on April 13.

The RDOS is assisting in delivering notices to the sixteen affected properties. No other homes in the area are presently under evacuation alert at this time.

Affected residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however, residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.