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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.

Flood / Evacuation Information Update – Jun 2 17 – North Westside

This was today's RDCO release pertaining to the evacuation and flooding information for Killiney Beach in particular but the generic flooding information is critical to all residents of EA West. At the moment the problems seem to be in and around Killiney Beach but all the waterfront homes and waterfront infrastructure from...

Killiney Beach Flooding Update – May 31 17 – North Westside

As I am out of the area for the next 5 days attending the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Convention my wife Michelle will be documenting the flooding impact on Killiney Beach Park during my absence. The unprecedented rise in the water level of Okanagan Lake calls for extra attention to the...

Killiney Beach – Flooding Update – May 26 17

Went for a walk from the south end of Killiney Beach right through to the gate at the north end. The water is still rising and I believe we are very close or at the 1948 record.

Another shot of the beach in front of my place showing...

Killiney Beach – Flooding – May 25 17

Killiney Beach - Pump house and Pier saw flood protection beefed up in anticipation of meeting or exceeding the 1948 flood record for Okanagan Lake.

There was also 6 loads of rock placed along stretches of the road as well as in front of the pump house. Hopefully this...

North Westside Town Hall Meeting

We finally managed to move forward with our Third Town Hall Meeting on Governance in the North Westside. There were some real challenges to this one. When I reminded Chair Given of the meeting at the May 11 Governance & Services Meeting she had forgotten the original May 17th Meeting date and the...

High Water and No Power – Flooding Update May 24

The power went out at 7:23pm last night and was off for just over 23 hours. Nice addition to the current mudslides, flooding and thunderstorms with high winds and lake waves with a storm surge.

Here is the Tiger Dam deployed to protect the road and beach sites on Killiney Beach.