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(UPDATE: July 7 @ 3:30 pm) - The City of Penticton's Emergency Operations Centre is standing down, following a shift in the weather.
As the forecast predicts warmer temperatures and drier days, the flood risk has subsided and the city is lifting its local state of emergency.
Following the flash rain event, sandbags installed to protect the Okanagan Lake Marina will be removed this week.
While the flood risk has subsided, lake levels are still high and flows in the creeks and the channel are moving fast. Residents are advised to exercise caution when floating the channel or walking near the creeks.
The City would like to thank residents for their support during this time of elevated flood risk.
(UPDATE: July 4 @ 4:45 pm) – Following a flash rain event that caused localized flooding, the City of Penticton is increasing its emergency response.
At 4:37 pm, the city declared a state of local emergency to allow emergency crews to enter private properties if required.
Residents who are experiencing flooding and have concerns about the safety of their homes can call 250-490-2307 (ext. 7) to receive a rapid damage assessment.
Currently, there are eight Penticton Fire Department crews in the community providing these rapid assessments to determine if a home is safe for occupancy.
In addition, the Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centre has opened at 199 Ellis St. for those who have been advised to evacuate.
Anyone who has been evacuated is asked to register at the centre.
Driving conditions continue to be dangerous across the city, so drivers are advised to travel with caution.
Finally, all residents are advised to stay away from fast-flowing creeks and be aware of the potential threat of hillsides.
PentictonNow reporter Gord Goble was out grabbing pictures and gathering more information. To view his story click here.
(Original Story: July 4 @ 3:24 pm) – Penticton is experiencing a flash rain event Monday afternoon.
The city’s Emergency Operations Centre is responding to overland flooding throughout the city.
Rapid damage assessment teams are being brought in as well as public works to assist residents and assess impacts to the the city’s infrastructure.
Sandbags are available for residents at the Public Works Yard Building at 616 Okanagan Avenue.
Residents experiencing flooding and who have concerns about the safety of their homes are asked to contact 250-490-2307 ext. 7.
A few reports of dangerous driving conditions have been received by the city as well.
Drivers are being advised to watch for pooling water, gravel, debris and large rocks on the city’s road ways. Public Works crews are clearing roads on a priority basis.
Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Okanagan early Monday morning.
PentictonNow reporter Gord Goble is out grabbing pictures and gathering more information. Be sure to keep any eye out for an update on our site.