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BULLETIN # 1 Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness

May 7, 2018
For Immediate Release
Town of Osoyoos Information on Flooding Preparedness

Click Here for more information on Flood Preparedness and Updates.
Click Here for more information on Osoyoos Lake Levels.

Osoyoos and Electoral Area “A” residents should be aware that Osoyoos Lake is expected to continually rise over the next several days.  This is a result of the higher than normal snowpack in upper elevation mountains starting to melt with the warmer temperatures.  Water Stewardship is monitoring flows from the Okanagan River; however, there are still tributaries that are feeding into the Okanagan River past the drop structures that cannot be controlled.

The Similkameen River is rapidly rising and emergency officials are monitoring the effects it may have on Osoyoos Lake in the future.  It is dependent upon the rate of snow melt in the upper elevations and the amount of rain received during the freshet.

All residents and businesses around Osoyoos Lake in low level areas should be sandbagging immediately.   Sand and sandbags are available at the following locations:

•    Highway 3 across from the Osoyoos Dairy Queen - 5914 Main St, Osoyoos
•    The Boat Trailer Parking lot located at  Highway 3 - 6901 Main St, Osoyoos
•    91st street at Highway 97 (bottom of graveyard hill)

Please check in with neighbours to see if they require assistance in filling sandbags.  There have been several requests for volunteers to help with sandbags by individual property owners.  Volunteers wishing to help can contact the Town of Osoyoos office at 250-495-6515 or the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225.

Check in with neighbours and make children aware of the potential hazard of being close to creeks with high or fast flowing water.  Keep pets away from fast moving water

The Town of Osoyoos will be closing all town boat launches and the Marina by Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  All watercraft are requested to stay ashore or be respectful regarding the wave action on shoreline properties.  Boaters are also cautioned that there is minimal clearance under the bridge and strong undercurrents.  Travel under the bridge should be avoided or must be done using extreme caution.  

More information can be found on the Town of Osoyoos website at or Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) website at

Mark Woods                                      Janette Van Vianen
Emergency Operations Center         Town of Osoyoos, Emergency Program Coordinator
RDOS EOC Ph: 250-490-4225

Media enquiries are to be directed to the RDOS EOC.


Event date: 
Tuesday, 08 May, 2018
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Box 3010, 8707 Main Street
Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
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(T) 250.495.6515
(F) 250.495.2400


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