Prepare for warmer temperatures as rain events slow

Service Announcement

The City’s Emergency Operations Centre is continuing to monitor lake levels as the rainy weather is replaced with warmer than average temperatures and further melting of the snow pack. Lake levels continue to be within the range of normal for this time of year. With the change in weather, residents are advised to consider the following:

  • Creek levels are expected to rise as the snow pack melts. Please exercise caution near creek banks, particularly with children and pets, and be aware of potential hazards.
  • With warmer temperatures, the City is expecting that people will want to float the channel. Floaters are reminded that the water is moving very quickly and are asked to follow these safety guidelines:
    • Be aware of your surroundings, snags under water, shoreline branches etc.
    • Wear a life jacket if you are not a swimmer or in fast moving water, like the Penticton Channel.
    • Do not tie floaties together in Penticton Channel, it’s dangerous.
    • Avoid alcohol while participating in water activities.
    • Call 911 if you are experiencing or witness a water emergency.
  • 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.
  • As temperatures rise, remember not to leave children or pets in your vehicle unattended. Life-threatening effects can occur in a short time in a hot car.
  • Remember your hats and sunscreen. Sun and heat related illnesses can affect everyone, use the Province’s Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide to get ready.