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Power Outage – Westside Road

The power was out again along Westside Road in the Central Okanagan Regional District. The reported cause was a wire down and the power was out from approximatly 7:30 pm and came back on at 11:45 pm. Hopefully when the three phase feed from the north is completed this stretch of Westside...

Updated Regional Park Status – News Release

Looks like Killiney beach will not be opening for this summer season. Application is being made for disaster mitigation money as this comes as 80 cent dollars so we as a community would pay 20% of the rehabilitation costs. This work would not...

Killiney / Westshore Drinking Water Quality

I have received inquiries from several residents on the Killiney Beach and Westshore water systems about a"funny" smell somewhat like grass (the lawn variety). I passed these concerns onto RDCO and they have responded to that inquiry. Below is that response:
    Director Carson, RDCO...

Large Debris Clean Up on Local Lakes

Here is the most current information from RDCO on the post flood clean-up of the material deposited along the Okanagan Lake shoreline. If you want to keep it mark it "Do Not Remove" otherwise let it go. Please do not dump material you don't want in the forest behind our community ......

Shoreline/Dock Debris Clean-up

I Requested information on shoreline flood debris clean-up and disposal of the dock and natural debris left on the beaches throughout the Electoral Area ... and received a prompt and professional response. Please don't dump this material in the bush behind our community it is a huge fire hazard to all of us.
I...

Killiney Beach Water Advisory – Lifted

July 10, 2017

Water Quality Advisory Rescinded for Killiney Beach

A Water Quality Advisory has been lifted for customers of the Killiney Beach water system.
The lifting of the Advisory by the Regional District of Central Okanagan was made in consultation with Interior Health. RDCO Communications...

Camp Fire Ban

July 6, 2017

Campfire Ban across Central Okanagan Regional District

With the Extreme Fire Hazard, starting tomorrow, all campfires will be prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities and electoral area Fire Service Areas. The ban begins at noon Friday, July 7th and will remain in effect...

Westside Post – July Issue

The latest issue of our own Westside Post is now available in the red community boxes or as an e-edition. Please do whatever you can to support this newspaper as it is providing critical current information on and about our community....

Come Celebrate Canada Day

The North Westside Community will be celebrating Canada Day at Westshore Park from 12 -4 pm. Free BBQ, live music from the local musicians and games for the kids. Come join your neighbours in Canada's 150th Birthday Party....

Governance & RDCO Wage Disclosure

The independent consultant firm has been selected by a three member RDCO management team. Again this decision was made with no input from myself or the community paying for the process. The Board with the exception of the three Kelowna Board Representatives supported this selection of the consultant. Here are the

Another Power Outage for North Westside

Woke up with no power this morning. The BC Hydro Outage Site said that it went out at 5:55 and that crews were on route. Makes it difficult to get going in the morning but nothing new for our community ... price of being rural I suppose. Just came back on at 7:44...

Cultural Sites Protection & Flooding Update

I had lunch at Two Eagles Golf Course today and witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Westbank First Nations and the RDCO. That MOU and an update on the lake levels are today's Post. The picture is Chief Roxanne Lindley & RDCO Board Chair Given signing the agreement.

Flood Update – Foreshore Properties

Foreshore properties must remain vigilant

While lake levels in the Central Okanagan decline slowly, water levels remain at historic highs. Warm seasonal weather over the next week is expected to bring moderate afternoon winds ranging from 20-30 kms/hr daily. Property owners along the lakeshore should continue to routinely assess and bolster flood protection measures....

SIBAC Conferance – Jun 20 – 21

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week I attended the SIBAC (Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition) Conference at the Four Points Sheraton by the airport in Kelowna. The theme of this group and the "Keeping It Rural" Conference is now focused on Rural Development. At...

Flood defences challenged again by gusty winds

Probably the worst news we could receive is gusty wind forecast for our region. Okanagan Lake at its current level will prove to be a nightmare for the defences established to protect the shoreline and waterfront infrastructure.
Flood defences challenged again by gusty...

Flooding Update – Beginning of the End ?

For the first time in a long time the lake actually dropped a couple of millimeters. That is almost insignificant compared to the previous weeks of daily multiple centimeter rises. The recent storms have played havoc with the docks on the lake as the debris along the shoreline attest to. Here are...

Killiney Beach Flooding – Update – Jun 9

Here is the latest video of conditions on Okanagan Lake in the Killiney Beach Park and waterfront area. Not looking good. The road is under a foot of water in places, the hydro pole is well under water and useless as a source of power as well the community dock is in...

Flooding Update – RDCO

Wind, rain to test flood protection measures - News Release #99

Central Okanagan, B.C. – Environment Canada has forecasted a change in weather with winds expected from 30 to 50 kilometres per hour by Thursday afternoon and will test defenses. Property owners on Central Okanagan lakes are encouraged to monitor flood protection measures...

Killiney Beach Flooding Update

I went for a walk through Killiney Beach to see the changes I missed over the last few days. What a difference. The water is well over the road for a large stretch of the north end of the park. The section where the Tiger Dams were deployed then removed are under water.