Kelowna Mayor says flood prospects "scary"

By The Canadian Press
June 6, 2017 - 6:47am Updated: June 6, 2017 - 10:06am

KELOWNA — Officials say a popular park could be underwater and hundreds of other public and private properties could be damaged if Okanagan Lake reaches a predicted maximum of 343-point-five metres.

The Central Okanagan Regional District is using 343-point-five metres as its planning number for flood protection as snowpack continues to melt and waters continue to rise in the Interior.

Dramatic maps of downtown Kelowna were presented at a news conference yesterday, showing what kind of damage water that high could cause -- including a flooded City Park.

Mayor Colin Basran says the projections are scary, but the protections are being put in place to prevent the worst, and about 250-thousand more sandbags are expected to be added to the local supply today. 

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