A Local State of Emergency remains in effect for the Willowbrook area north west of Oliver, BC. Since yesterday, water moving through the Willowbrook area in Kearns Creek has stabilized. Volunteers continue to do amazing work protecting homes, structures and property in the area.
The upstream Kearns Creek Dam has been lowered significantly overnight. Lowering the dam level has significantly reduced concerns in the area.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen under the direction of the Interior Health Authority, will commence temporary chlorination of the Willowbrook water system. The Boil Water Notice, currently in place, will remain in effect until further notice. The groundwater level has risen over the past couple of days due to surface water flooding. This rise in the aquifer level may increase the risk of contamination of the groundwater from surface water.
Rising ground water is a concern for the entire RDOS. Residents should check basements for water and prepare their property for any potential run off. Sand and sandbags are available across the south Okanagan for homeowners. See below for sand and sandbag locations.