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For Immediate Release - Evacuation Order issued for residents and visitors at lakeside properties on IR #1

Posted On May 22, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Evacuation Order issued for residents and visitors at lakeside properties on IR#1

As OKIB Emergency Operations Centre continues to monitor the flooding situation to protect public safety, an evacuation order has been issued for specific residences along the lake.

Okanagan Indian Band IR #1 – 22/05/2017 – The Okanagan Indian Band declared a State of Emergency on May 5, 2017 and have extended the order until May 30, 2017 as the rising lake levels and increased water flows in creeks affected homes and property on the reserve lands. An Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been established and is monitoring and managing the response for all potential flood activity and flood related effects on the reserve.

An evacuation order has been issued for the following residences: William Marchand Beach Lots #1 through 6. Residents are asked to register at the Reception Centre at the Village Green Hotel, 4801 – 27th Street Vernon, BC. Vernon RCMP will be providing residents of the evacuation order.

An evacuation alert was issued on May 21, 2017 for residents living/visiting properties along the shoreline of Okanagan Lake in the following locations:

  • Willow Shore Road to include the civic addresses from #1 to #20 Willow Shore Road.
  • Alexis beach front property to include dwellings from #33 to #43
  • Bobby Marchand and adjacent Sandra Saddleman beachfront property – all dwellings on these properties

Chief Byron Louis released the following statement reminding all citizens and members living within our community that the OKIB EOC is working with Emergency Services to address the health and safety of our residents:

“Stay safe by keeping your distance from creek and river banks; these fast moving bodies of water are serious hazards. We are working together through this time to develop plans for how we will mobilize and manage the different types of services and volunteers needed to respond to identified flood situations during this state of emergency.”

Sand/sandbagging resources are available at:

• Head of the Lake Area – adjacent to the Icebox Arena;

• Public Works & Housing Building, 11505 Westside Road;

• Whiteman’s Creek – near the mailboxes north of the Parker Cove Restaurant.

Volunteers are filling sandbags for flood affected residents; more volunteers are needed to assist some property owners with transporting and setting up sandbags at their homes. Please contact OKIB EOC if you are able to assist at 250-542-7132.

 

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About the OKIB:

The Okanagan Indian Band is part of the Okanagan Nation, which is comprised of 8 Indian Bands, including; Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Upper Similkameen Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band, Westbank First Nation, Upper Nicola Indian Band, Colville Confederated Tribes and the Okanagan Indian Band.

The Okanagan Indian Band is located at the head of Okanagan Lake in Vernon, BC, and totals 11,282 hectares. There are currently about 1995 Okanagan Indian Band members.

“Ensuring the future through cultural, social and economic development”

For more information please contact:

Shaylen Smith, Communications Coordinator

Okanagan Indian Band

O: 250-542-4328 ext. 211

C: 250-309-9867

F: 250-542-4990

shaylen.smith@okanagan.org