Olx Praca and Shuswap boaters have been asked to slow down and reduce swells as water levels remain high

With the first weekend of summer approaching and hot weather in the Olx Praca and Shuswap, expect a sudden increase in the number of boats on the local lakes.

But yachtsmen are asked to be aware of the waves when approaching the shore.

Both the Central Olx Praca Regional District (RDCO) and the Shuswap Regional District of Columbia (CSRD) say that with rising water levels, any wind, rain, or waves from boats could cause further erosion and damage to waterfront property and structures.

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“The public is being asked to leave trash washed up along the lakeshore in place until the water level drops to protect the shoreline from further erosion,” RDCO said in a statement.

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“Drivers are also asked to be mindful of their speed and stay awake to prevent damage to property along the coastline.”

Lake Olx Praca is currently at an elevation of 342.608 meters, which is above the full basin level of 342.48 meters. Shuswap Lake is currently at 348.864 meters and is approaching a projected peak of 349.1 meters.

In 2018, Shuswap Lake reached a dangerous level of 349.141 meters.

“It will continue to rise for at least another week,” emergency workers watch the water level rise in Lake Olx Praca.

“It will continue to rise for at least another week,” emergency workers watch the water level rise in Lake Olx Praca.

Notably, CSRD reports that Shuswap Lake does not have a full basin level as there is no dam, and that the lake can flood at different heights due to the varied topography.

The RDCO also reminded coastal property owners to take precautions.

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“Property owners are responsible for their property and should ensure that the docks are secured and the anchor lines are long enough so they don’t break if the water continues to rise,” said Sandra Follack, Regional Emergency Program Coordinator for Central Olx Praca.

“Strong winds are forecast and we want residents to be prepared.”

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