Olalla residents can return home

After six weeks, residents in Olalla impacted by high water in Keremeos Creek can return home

  • Jun. 13, 2018 1:27 p.m.

Residents in Olalla who were evacuated more than six weeks ago can finally officially return home.

“The threat of flooding Olalla in the vicinity of Keremeos Creek; in Electoral Area “G”, has been reduced. The potential danger to life, health and property damage has declined,” a press release from the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen stated Wednesday.

An evacuation order for nine properties was rescinded Wednesday.

Each year water collects in the oxbows of Keremeos Creek just north of Olalla causing the water to creep up into a large creek known by locals as Olalla Lake.

Related: Nine properties evacuated in Olalla

Although B.C. Wildfire personnel sandbagged the area along 1st Street water continued to seep through and impact the homes.

The nine homes were evacuated on April 29.

Residents at 2636, 2637, 2640, 2641, 2645, 2649, 2653, 2657 and 2661 on 1st Street can now go home.

Related: Evacuation alerts expanded in Similkameen

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