State of local emergency declared in Cawston due to flood risk

State of local emergency declared in Cawston due to flood risk


Times-Chronicle Staff

One property is under an evacuation order and several others are on alert after a state of local emergency was declared in the Cawston area Sunday night due to flood risk.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) Sunday evening in Electoral Area B (Cawston).

Residents are likely to be impacted by flood waters, the regional district said, and the threat to life and safety, and property damage exists.

RDOS board chair Karla Kozakevich ordered the state of emergency on May 31 following a weekend of storms and rain in the area. The state of emergency will remain in force for seven days until June 6at midnight unless cancelled by order of RDOS or the Minister responsible.

A single evacuation order was issued by the RDOS Sunday due to immediate danger to life safety due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area “B”. Members of RCMP and Penticton Search and Rescue were reportedly on scene.

The Evacuation Order is in effect for 186 Chopaka Rd.

The RDOS has issued anEvacuation Alert for the following properties: 1049, 1050, 1101 Chopaka Rd. The alert has been issued to prepare residents to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary.

“Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions,” the RDOS stated.