Cooler spring weather this season has delayed snow melts, but flooding risks are now beginning to increase in the Shuswap.
Current predictions are noting a peak in lake and river levels that is roughly four weeks later than normal. Possible flood levels are difficult to predict as they are highly dependent on rainfall and temperatures over the next few weeks.
Forecasters are anticipating Shuswap and Mara Lakes, as well as local rivers or creeks, to peak near the end of June or early in July.
Residents whose properties are prone to flooding can be taking proactive steps to protect their homes. They are advised to monitor water levels near their homes.
For accurate Shuswap Lake levels, please check Environment Canada's Water Level website for real-time data.
The Shuswap Emergency Program will be making sand and bags available around the region for residents who may be at risk of flooding. It is recommended to place flood protection (sandbags) at a level that will protect your home against the highest anticipated lake level while also factoring in waves and boat wakes. This ensures homeowners will not have to move the sandbags upslope or build them up higher than needed.
More information on sand and bag pick-up locations will be available next week.
In addition, the public should be aware of rising lake and river levels and use caution. Please take special care around fast-flowing water, and always supervise children and pets.
Photo: Sand and bags available for filling. More information about locations for sandbag supplies will be issued by the Shuswap Emergency Program next week. (CSRD file photo)