Emergency Operations officials are warning recreational boat users to stay off Okanagan Lake this long weekend.
Spokesperson Jodie Foster says the lake rose two centimetres yesterday and is now over 342 metres, surpassing 1997 flooding levels.
Foster explains that’s raising concerns for anyone planning to go on the water.
“There’s really a lot of debris in the lake including large dead heads and we are now seeing some submerged docks as the lake levels continue to rise.”
And Foster explains, any boat traffic close to the shore could create waves.
“Which can erode beaches and is also, you know, could have an impact on the flood protection measures that people have already put in place like sandbag walls and other measures.”
She says a no-wake zone is needed near the shore because waves can erode beaches – which could impact flood protection measures that residents have put in place, such as sandbag walls.
“There is actually small boat regulation that says people can’t go faster than 10 kilometres an hour within 30 metres of a shore.”
Foster says there is no official ban because residents will be moving their boats off the water as the lake continues to rise.