Higher water levels expected in McCulloch and Idabel Lake areas as reservoir reaches max levels

May 15, 2020

Area residents around the Idabel Lake and McCulloch Lake Reservoir and associated spillways are likely to see higher water levels as early as next week as water from the reservoir reaches maximum levels and starts flowing over spillways into local area creeks and streams.

“The spillways are designed to handle the excess flows and ensure that water levels are managed within the design of the dams,” says Brad Stuart, Water Supply & Pump Stations Supervisor. “Dam spilling can occur in the spring as the snowpack melts. However, these spillways haven’t been utilized in the past few years, so we just want residents in the area to be aware and not to be alarmed.”

Once water moves into spillways, residents will start to see higher and faster volumes of water moving through the area. Those living or working near creeks and streams should exercise caution around fast-moving water.

While staff will be monitoring the area, if anyone notices buildup of debris or backups of culverts under roads, especially in the Idabel Lake area, they are asked to contact the City at 250-469-8600 or submit a service request at kelowna.ca/onlineservices as blockages have the potential to cause localized flooding.