It’s going to get worse before it gets better. The Emergency Operations Centre received an updated forecast indicating Okanagan Lake levels could increase another 10 centimetres from yesterday’s level of 343.15 metres. Remember the lake is deemed ‘full’ at 342.48 metres above sea level. With snow remaining at higher mountain elevations, Okanagan Lake is now predicted to peak mid-June. Mission Creek levels are also expected to continue to rise and residents are advised to prepare for increased levels. Keep checking with cordemergency.ca for the latest updates and we have a link to that on our homepage.
As you go over your property tax notice, Kelowna says it will spend more than $8 million on water, wastewater and sewer upgrades this year. The City provides water utility services to approximately 65,000 residents and provides wastewater services to approximately 95,000 residents and the upgrades are designed to keep what’s coming and going, IN the pipes.
Don’t be speeding out by the airport today because there’s going to be a whole lot of police officers around. Close to 100 RCMP officers and civilian employees from the Southeast District area will be presented with long service medals in addition to awards of distinction. It’s happening at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel.
If you want to go against the wishes of emergency officials and put your boat in the water, you may have to throw it in. The Regional District has closed its two last boat launches at Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park and Fintry Community Park Access #1 as they are unsafe. Kelowna closed the Water street launch yesterday, but Cook remains open – for now.
MACKENZIE TOUR FLOOD
The Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada and GolfBC Championship have decided a significant portion of the proceeds from the event at Gallagher’s later this month will go to Red Cross Kelowna flood relief. Tournament Director Hugh Vassos says they want to demonstrate support for the community by giving something back from the tournament that relies on hundreds of volunteers, sponsors, and the support of thousands of golf fans.
Skippy may have skipped town, but Jif has jumped back. Smuckers, which make Jif peanut butter says after a seven year absence, it’s returning to Canadian store shelves. The company wouldn’t say it’s directly related to Skippy leaving the country… just that there was now a demand for it.
The summer activity guides for both Kelowna and West Kelowna are ready for action. They’ll tell you all about summer camps, swimming lessons and tons of outdoor activities. Just go to the city’s homepage and follow the links to download the guides.
The number of illicit drug deaths in BC continues to be a major cause of concern and the BC Coroners Service has released some numbers that show it’s not just a big city problem. For example, in the Interior Health area, there were 35 deaths from illicit drugs in all of 2007. To the end of April this year, there have been 74. There were 159 last year. Throughout BC, 136 people died in April alone… up from 69 last year.
Stanley Cup final last night in Pittsburgh, the Predators scored first, but the Penguins scored more often on the way to a 4-1 win and going up 2 games to none. Game 3 is Saturday in Music City.
If you need another reason to cheer for the Predators, this may be it. Canadian pop star Justin Bieber released a selfie yesterday while wearing a Penguins jersey.
Another win yesterday for the Blue Jays… 5-4 over the Reds. Toronto begins a home series against the Yankees later today.
Mike Tirico is replacing Al Michaels as the play-by-play announcer for Thursday night football games this season. Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will still do the Sunday night games.