It appears the flood threat is officially over on Okanagan Lake.
Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has announced residents can begin removing sandbags from private property, and return them to authorized locations until June 28th.
The lake is at 342.62 metres as of today — about 14 cm’s above full pool.
The log boom near Hot Sands Beach in Kelowna will be removed on Friday, while the booms near Swim Bay in Peachland and Maude-Roxby Bird Sanctuary in Kelowna will remain in place until the lake drops to full pool.
Residents who have sandbags on their properties can return them to authorized locations as found at www.cordemergency.ca/map.
Sandbags should be returned with the sand still in the bags.
Authorized locations include:
Cook Road Boat Launch outside the Hotel Eldorado on Cook Road in Kelowna
Marshall Park (16411 Carrs Landing Rd.)
Kopje Park (15490 Carrs Landing Rd.)
Oyama Firehall (15656 Oyama Rd.)
Beasley Park (11471 Reiswig Rd.)
Falcon Park (1343 – 1339 Green Bay Rd.)
Beechnut Park (2407 Whitworth Rd. and 2395 George Crt.)
Casa Loma Beach Park (2606 Casa Loma Rd).
Sternwheeler Park (1653 – 1649 Pritchard Dr.)
Westbank First Nation
Government office parking lot (515 Highway 97 South)
13th Street and San Clemente Avenue (4217 San Clemente Ave.)
Regional District of Central Okanagan:
Two firehalls in Joe Rich (114881 Highway 33 and 6550 Goudie Rd.)
Short’s Creek Firehall (7355 Westside Rd.)
Wilson’s Landing Firehall (2396 Westside Rd.)
Ellison Firehall (4111 Old Vernon Rd.)
Under no circumstances should sandbags be emptied into creeks, lakes, wetland, beaches or other watercourses as outlined in the Water Sustainability Act. The impact can destroy fish habitat and affect drinking water supply, infrastructure, flood control, navigation and recreational activities. It is also illegal.