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FLOOD WATCH: Duteau Creek levels rising quickly in Lumby

All residents and businesses on Duteau Creek are encouraged to take action to protect property
Lumby has dealt with numerous floods over the past few years, including 2017. (Morning Star file photo)

As heavy rains deluge the Okanagan, the Village of Lumby has provided a flood update, in preparation for rising water levels.

The Village has been informed that the Haddo Lake spillway will start spilling into Duteau Creek within the next 24 hours and creek levels downstream will rise quickly. All residents and businesses that are on Duteau Creek need to take appropriate precautions to protect your property.

Currently, the village is operating a Level One Emergency Operations Centre from the main admin office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Tuesday.

BC Wildfire Crews have placed sandbags at strategic locations to protect village infrastructure. Sand and sandbag stations have been set up at 2250 Shields Ave., across from the Lumby Curling Club and 1910 Faulkner Ave., at the entrance to the Monashee Family Park.

For residents living in low lying areas in and around Bessette Creek and Duteau Creek, they should prepare for water levels to rise quickly.

Current weather reports show a 70 per cent chance of rain showers, with periods of sun and clouds for the next few days. During a rain event, water levels can rise quickly so the village is asking the public to steer clear of creeks and creekbanks. Use extreme caution around any creeks within the community.

Continue to pay attention to weather reports and local news media for more information and updates. Residents should download the Alertable App to be notified of any orders that may affect Lumby.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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