The beach front properties highlighted on this map from Raven Road to 209 Saskatoon Road are no longer under an evacuation order as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2023. (Google Earth image)

UPDATE: Evacuation order lifted for some Okanagan beach front properties

Properties between Raven Road and 209 Saskatoon Rd. are no longer under an evacuation order

Some properties on Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) land are no longer under an evacuation order due to flooding in the area.

The OKIB rescinded the order for beach front properties between Raven Road (Chief Saddleman Road) and 209 Saskatoon Rd., beside Okanagan Lake.

The evacuation order was first issued by the OKIB on May 3 for the area near Parker Cove, where Whiteman’s Creek spilled its banks. It was rescinded for the above properties Thursday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m.

Evacuation orders for other areas in Parker Cove remain in effect.

On Thursday, the OKIB said there is no longer enough snowpack to create significant changes in freshet flow or flood danger, which was determined by helicopter flights over the area.

The OKIB reminds people not to access properties south of Whiteman’s Creek through Parker Cove. Falcon Avenue is still closed to non-emergency personnel and is an evacuation order area.

Rapid Damage Assessments of affected properties were completed for properties south of Whiteman’s creek Thursday.

The Emergency Operations Centre is still assessing sandbag removal planning and will be providing a designated disposal site.

Danger tree assessments have taken place and some danger trees have been identified in the evacuation order area. Removal of danger trees are scheduled for early next week.

Debris and sediment removal work are both continuing Friday and are expected to continue over the next few weekdays.

OKIB advises boaters in to exercise caution in the area.

“There is a large amount of debris dispersing from the mouths of the creeks in the vicinity of the north arm of Okanagan Lake,” the band advises.

Fast flowing water can still pose a danger and the public is advised to stay clear of fast-moving creeks and rivers.

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Brendan Shykora
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