Lumby is taking no chances with rising water levels.
The Village has activated its emergency operations centre to level one, and has issued evacuation alerts for 160 homes and businesses along the creeks.
Village administration says the water levels are continuing to increase as a result of the spring run off and today’s significant rain.
“It is quite precautionary. We do want to take a cautions approach with where the levels are now, and with the rain event we just experienced, and what may yet be to come. It is precautionary, but we think it’s in the best interest of Lumby to have this in place,” Jeremy Sundin, the village chief financial officer tells Beach Radio News.
Homes and businesses on a number of streets are on alert which means they have to be prepared to leave on short notice should the situation worsen.
The homes under evacuation alert are:
1879 Faulkner Avenue (Units 1 – 10)
1880 & 1894 Faulkner Avenue
2156 Bessette Street (Units 1 – 12)
2184 Bessette Street (Units 1 – 3)
2187 Bessette Street (Units 1 – 7)
2040 Shuswap – the residence only
1351 – 1965 Shuswap Avenue – businesses and residents
1650 – 1956 Vernon Street – businesses and residents
2006 – 2083 Heighway Crescent
2176 – 2362 Quesnel Road
2315 – 2351 Vale Avenue
1620 – 1807 Maple Street
1751 Glencaird Street (Units 1 – 54)
2061 – 2085 Industrial Avenue
1431 – 1480 Dyffryn Road
The Village says residents should have essential documents, medications and other important items ready if the evacuation alert is upgraded to an order.
In the event of an evacuation order, the Village will increase its EOC activation level and establish its Emergency Social Services Reception Centre.
Residents are responsible for the protection of their private property. To assist with this pre-filled sand bags are available for pick up across from the Lumby Curling Club located at 2230 Shields Avenue.
The public should avoid going near the creek banks, and those working in close proximity to the creeks are advised to use extreme caution as the banks can be slippery and unstable.
The Salmon Trail remains closed and should not be accessed.