Princeton residents under sweeping evacuation alert

River levels expected to rise this week

Nearly one-third of the properties in Princeton are under evacuation alert, following an order issued by the municipality late Sunday night.

Approximately 465 homes and businesses – in areas near the Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers – compromise the alert area and residents are being warned they may have to leave with very little notice.

The affected properties are mostly located in Allison Flats, the downtown core, and the Similkameen and Burton Avenue areas.

As well Sunday about 112 properties in Area H were put under evacuation alert – those homes are primarily located on Highway 3, Old Hedley Road, San Ang Way, Taylor Mill Drive and Taylor Way.

A spokesperson for the municipality wasn’t immediately available to comment on the situation.

Related: More flooding likely in Similkameen River and Osoyoos Lake

The information release accompanying the alert states:

“BC River Forecast Centre, Environment Canada and the Emergency Management BC continue to predict increasing water flows over the next several days with potential for record high flows of Tulameen River, Similkameen River and nearby creeks, due to spring snow melt…Proactive measures to prepare for an Evacuation Order is strongly advised. Affected residents will be given as much notice as possible prior to road closures or evacuation orders, however residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.”

Related: Evacuation alerts expanded in Similkameen

The municipality declared a level one state of emergency last Wednesday.

Residents under evacuation alert are advised to take the following steps.

• Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting place outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.

• Gathering essential items such as medication, eye glass, valuable papers (ie insurance) cell phone chargers and immediate care needs for dependents and, if possible, keepsakes (photographs etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure.

• Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.

•Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.

•Arranging accommodation for family members if possible. In the event of an evacuation reception centres will be opened if required.

•Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and reception centres.

To report a typo, email:
publisher@similkameenspotlight.com
.



andrea.demeer@similkameenspotlight.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Summerland Steam to play in two road games

Junior B team will face Nelson Leafs, Castlegar Rebels on weekend

Gingras is turning in her leash with animal control

After 28 years, the ACO is leaving her position with Penticton/Summerland Animal Control

Trout Creek residents gather to speak

Summerland neighbourhood holds Two-minute Trout Creek Talks on Sept. 30

Chinese author tackles racism and reconciliation

David Wong says cultural diversity should not be feared

Summerland retrofits its streetlights

Conversion to LED streetlights expected to save more than $72,000 a year

VIDEO: Neighbours fear impact of B.C. tent city residents

Greater Victoria residents opposed to campers voice concerns at provincial campground

Drunk driver gets hammered by judge

Hedley man under virtual house arrest for three months

New silver collector coin features Indigenous dancer

New silver collectors coin captures fast-paced energy of an Indigenous powwow

B.C. woman with autism has scooter stolen from SkyTrain station

Kayla Polege purchased scooter after ‘shutdowns’ on transit

Video: Penticton drive-thru breakfast over the top for United Way

Best year ever for Lakeside Drive-Thru Breakfast in support of the United Way

Off Nova Scotia, a bid to ‘unravel the mystery’ of great white sharks

The question: Is Nova Scotia the second mating site for Atlantic white sharks, something scientists say could be key to protecting the endangered species.

Man arrested after carjacking, collision, pepper spray attacks in Vancouver

Vancouver police say one man is in custody after a chaotic scene of events in the downtown core

Canadian investigator says World Anti-Doping Agency got a bad deal from Russia

A Canadian lawyer says the World Anti-Doping Agency rushed into accepting a bad deal by reinstating the country’s drug-testing program.

Fashion Fridays: Rock some animal print

Kim XO, lets you in on the latest fall fashion trends on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Most Read