High streamflow advisory issued for Okanagan creeks and tributaries – Penticton News

High streamflow warning

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the Okanagan including Mission Creek and tributaries east of Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and the surrounding areas.

The concern for rising water levels stems from the severe thunderstorm watch issued for Central Okanagan (including Kelowna), North Okanagan (including Vernon) and South Okanagan (including Penticton) on Tuesday.

Flow conditions in Okanagan creeks remain relatively high due to the combination of delayed snowmelt and recent heavy rain over the past few weeks, according to the forecast centre.

Creeks could be at risk for sudden rises and potential flooding if heavy rain occurs within a watershed.

The forecast centre said that the magnitude and location of rainfall associated with thunderstorms are difficult to predict precisely in advance.

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-stream flow period.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

Okanagan Lake levels have started to plateau, with data from the Forecast Centre predicting inflows into Okanagan Lake are expected to continue to taper off.

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