Caution urged near area rivers

The public is urged to take extra care near the region’s rivers because of high water levels.

The public is urged to take extra care near the region’s rivers because of high water levels.

Water levels are expected to continue to be an issue this week with the onset of warmer temperatures, with highs expected in the upper 20’s by the weekend.

Visitors and residents are reminded that the Okanagan and Similkameen River’s deep and  fast-flowing current requires heightened safety awareness.

Adults are urged to keep children and pets under close supervision at all  times when near the banks of the river. If going into the river, take  precautionary safety measures such as using a safe watercraft and wearing  a life jacket.

Recent rains, combined with this year’s snowpack melt, are expected to  cause higher runoff into the Okanagan river from Okanagan Lake for the next  several weeks.

 

Flows in Okanagan River between Okanagan Lake and Osoyoos Lake are  currently well above normal and are expected to remain high throughout  the spring and early summer.