Rain and Thunderstorm Preparedness
May 11, 2017
Showers and the risk of severe thunderstorms exists in the Penticton region tonight and into tomorrow. Water levels in lakes and rivers across the Southern Okanagan are high and some areas in the Region have experienced localized flooding. City crews are on standby and are prepared to deal with emergencies should they arise.
- To report flooding contact the City at 250-490-2400. After hours call 250-490-2324. (Call 911 if your personal safety is at risk)
As a precautionary measure, a self-serve facility to pick-up sand is located behind Fire Hall No. 2 (285 Dawson Ave – access from Camrose Street) Any residents who feel their property may be at risk of flooding are encouraged to take advantage of this service.Tips for locating sandbags: sandbaggingBC.PDF [PDF - 408 KB]
Please note that quickly flowing water and the adjacent riverbanks are potentially unsafe. Do not approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts, and keep away from creek and river banks. Safety_flood_2017.pdf [PDF - 521 KB]
Homes located in the low lying areas with high ground water may start to see water seepage into their basements due to the higher than usual lake levels. As a preventative measure, homeowners should inspect their basement or crawl space sump pumps to ensure they are operating correctly.