The Emergency Operations Centre says the slow, steady rise in lake levels to record heights could accelerate this week as warm weather causes creeks to swell with snow melt. Many beaches up and down the valley remain closed as emergency crews maintain flood protection barriers. They’re also asking boaters to stay off the late for now as there is so much debris and wake can cause further shoreline erosion. Okanagan Lake is just five centimetres – that’s 2 inches – below its highest recorded level of 343 metres back in 1948… and it’s not done yet. Crews spent yesterday repairing damage to wave-battered barriers and clearing windfall from streams. As always, your best bet to keep updated is by signing up for free email alerts at http://cordemergency.ca
RED CROSS FLOODING
The Canadian Red Cross says it will provide direct financial assistance to households in BC affected by flooding. Eligible households will receive $600 each to help purchase what they need. They need to register with the Red Cross to receive the funds even if they’ve signed up with local authorities. More info is on the redcross.ca website. http://www.redcross.ca/gethelp
The wet spring we’ve had is more than likely to spawn a big mosquito crop this year. Since early April, crews have been out monitoring and treating mosquito larvae in about 200 known breeding locations across the Central Okanagan. To help keep the population down residents are advised to remove standing water sources such as old tires and regularily replace the water in things like bird baths.
The folks at the Weather Network have released their prediction for what the summer should be like. Unlike the spring, they’re calling for warmer temperatures and normal precipitation conditions for our area of BC… much like last year. And don’t forget that open burning is prohibited right now, but small campfires are still allowed, except in the city.
With some better weather finally here, Consumer Reports tested 58 sunscreen lotions, sprays and sticks, and found that 20 of them had less than half the SPF that was listed on the bottle. For instance it found that while the Coppertone 50 for babies was good, the Sport 30 had about half the advertised Sun Protection Factor. http://www.consumerreports.org/sun-protection/get-the-best-sun-protection/
Today and tomorrow there will be delays at the scale house at the entrance of the Glenmore Landfill to complete a construction project. All traffic will be diverted to outside scales that normally operate as automated scales. Work includes installation of new electronic signage.
With the final vote results in and the numbers unchanged from election night it is likely the Lieutenant Governor will first ask Christy Clark if she can lead a minority government. The Liberals have 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens 3. It will be up to Clark to show she will be able to work with the Greens to get legislation passed or the L.G. may ask New Democrat leader John Horgan.
Over the years, a number of studies have shown that adults who drink moderately have lower heart disease rates than non-drinkers. But a study at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research looked at 45 previous studies and found flaws in the widely held belief. However while they say people should not drink because they believe it wards off disease, the notion that one or two drinks a day is doing us good may just be wishful thinking.
The NHL east final will end tonight in Pittsburgh with the Penguins hosting the Senators. The winner will then take on Nashville for the Stanley Cup. The game’s on CBC at 5.
The Blue Jays are off today after wrapping up a quick series in Milwaukee yesterday with an 8-4 win with the help of a Ryan Goins grand slam. They begin a weekend series at home tomorrow against Texas.
The last Texas stop of the PGA Tour season has arrived at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. Jordan Spieth trying to defend last year’s title.