Homes evacuated and highways closed as flooding hits B.C. Interior – British Columbia

Homes have been evacuated and highways closed throughout British Columbia’s Interior after heavy rains caused flooding throughout the region.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is expected to be in Cache Creek late Saturday morning to survey part of the damage. A search for that town’s missing fire chief, feared swept away by flood waters, has resumed. 

Environment Canada posted severe thunderstorm watches for huge swaths of the province’s central and southern Interior on Friday, where floods — caused by rain — were already raging.

The province is urging residents in the affected areas to be cautious and follow these tips:

  • Steer clear of river and lake shorelines.
  • Recognize danger signs, such as change in water colour or rapid water level rise.
  • Do not drive through flood water.
  • Protect your home.

A photo of the Kettle River Friday afternoon, downstream of Cascade Falls near Christina Lake. Properties along the river are under a flood watch. (Jeff Volp)

Kelowna area

In and around Okanagan Lake and Kelowna, evacuation orders and alerts are in place for dozens of properties.

On Saturday morning, an evacuation alert remained in effect for 90 properties on Okanagan Lake in the Fintry Delta area, south of Fintry Provincial Park. An evacuation order is also in place for the park.

In Kelowna, a landslide prompted an evacuation order for two homes on Lakeshore Road at the south end of Okanagan Lake and cut off access to eight other homes nearby.

Those are gumboots under there, standing in the middle of a Kelowna road. (Josh Pagé/CBC)

An emergency reception centre has been set up at the Salvation Army on Sutherland Avenue.

More details and updates are available from the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations…

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