Rising Water Level in Okanagan Lake

Update: May 18, 2:00 p.m. 

Water levels in Okanagan Lake remain high and localized flooding has occured in some areas of the Central and North Okanangan Regions. In the 24-hour period ending 12:00 a.m. May 18, the lake saw a 2cm rise to 342.746m, although  the rate of rise is trending down. High water conditions could  last well into June due to record water levels in area lakes and the amount of snow in higher elevations expecting to melt with the warmer temperatures in the forecast.

  • The Penticton Fire Department and City crews are monitoring the situation and 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 you feel your  personal safety is at risk.
  • The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website www.cordemergency.ca  is updating the water level and other information twice daily.
  • Residents in low-lying and waterfront areas that may be affected by flooding from rising lake levels are encouraged to use sandbags or other measures to protect structures on their property. A self-serve facility to pick-up sand and bags 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 localized flooding are encouraged to take advantage of this service.Tips for locating sandbags: sandbaggingBC.PDF [PDF - 408 KB]
  • Anyone boating on Okanagan Lake is reminded to keep speeds down to prevent shoreline erosion and be extra vigilant as there are many logs and other debris floating in the lake at this time. Please ensure all boats and docks are properly secured against rising water levels.
  • 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.

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Mark Parker
Communications Officer