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CURRENT STATUS: FLOOD WATCH
The District of West Kelowna continues to monitor levels of McDougall Creek in the Hitchner Road area. Emergency berms remain in place.
The Provincial Emergency Program or PEP is a division of the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. PEP is one component of the emergency response system in the Province of British Columbia. Almost all emergencies require multiagency responses, employing resources at the local, provincial and possibly the national level, depending on the severity of the incident.
The Provincial Emergency Program works with local governments and provincial ministries and agencies to ensure effective strategies are activated at a moment's notice to respond to many types of emergencies and disasters. The plans require cooperation among multiple organizations to address issues such as: public health and safety; the integrity of infrastructure; the protection of property and the environment; and, post disaster management and recovery.
To learn more about PEP please visit the agency's website:
McDougall Creek: April 2012
On April 25, 2012, the District of West Kelowna declared a Local State of Emergency and evacuated six properties along Hitchner Road due to flooding of McDougall Creek.
Earlier in the evening, a dike along McDougall Creek near Hitchner Road was breached by high stream flow which resulted in the creek flow being redirected through an orchard and flooding four homes, with four more in jeopardy of being flooded if water flow increased. A Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre was activated to support the emergency response on the scene.
At noon on April 26, the Local State of Emergency was lifted. The area was still at risk due to continuing rainy conditions and thaw activity, but emergency and District Operations personnel kept a close watch to ensure there was no imminent threat to life and safety.
On May 14, Emergency Management BC declared a April 25 - 28 flooding event in the Hitchner/Jennens Road area of West Kelowna eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance. Some who were impacted by the disaster or emergency event(s) were eligible to apply.
The deadline for applications was August 9, 2012.
The District of West Kelowna was granted funding from the Provincial Emergency Program to conduct a hydrology study to assess the affected portion of McDougall Creek.
Casa Loma: August 2011
On August 10, 2011, a severe weather event caused generalized flooding in Casa Loma and Lakeview Heights. In some neighbourhoods the runoff, which was generated by the intense rainfall, flooded properties and/or homes, and considerable ponding of water occurred in low lying areas.
Applications for Disaster Financial Assistance were processed and administered by PEP. Provincial funding assistance was not guaranteed.
The District of West Kelowna was able to offer assistance to residents in applying to the Disaster Financial Assistance Program.