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Delta Provides Assistance During Okanagan Flood Emergency

May 30, 2017

On May 5, 2017, the Okanagan Indian band declared a State of Emergency as rising lake levels and increased water flows in creeks threatened homes and property on reserve lands. An Evacuation Alert was issued on May 21 for properties along the lakeshore. The Okanagan Indian Band Emergency Operations Centre is monitoring the situation and working to protect public safety. More than 500 band members and 2,000 lakeshore properties and cabins are potentially threatened by localized flooding.

Mayor and Council supported the recommendations from Delta's Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie to approve resources and provide much-needed support for the emergency effort. Last week, staff from Delta's Engineering Operations Department attended the Emergency Operations Centre near Vernon and today, replacement emergency planning staff will be heading out, and taking extra supplies of personal protective equipment. Delta is fortunate to have some highly skilled and trained staff who have extensive experience in emergency management and public safety.

During emergency situations such as this, it is heartening to see how people and communities come together, no questions asked, to get the job of protecting people, homes and property done.

Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council are proud to offer Delta's support through Emergency Management BC, community to community, during this challenging time, and would like to thank staff who have volunteered their time and energy to help. Let’s hope this situation starts to improve very soon.