Okanagan evacuation order lifted

Residents in B.C.'s Okanagan are being allowed to return home after the risk of flooding prompted an evacuation order.

In a written statement released Saturday evening, officials said all residents would be allowed to return to their homes.

However, residents were advised to exercise caution around all local water bodies and to stay away from creek banks. Officials warned water levels could rise unexpectedly.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen issued an evacuation order Friday night for homes west of Chute Lake, north of Penticton.

The order was issued after water started flowing over the top of a dam above Chute Lake, and engineers worried a further breach of the dam would result in massive flooding.

An evacuation alert remains in place for Tulameen, a seasonal recreational community that has about 176 permanent residents but balloons to about 2,000 in the summer.

The region has seen flood warnings and alerts in recent days amid heavy rains and record snowpacks.

Highway 16 delays

Meanwhile, the weather is also wreaking havoc on Highway 16 near Prince George.

The highway is closed in both directions east of Topley because of a sink hole. A detour is in effect for light traffic, and officials warn delays of up to half an hour are expected.

Crews are working on installing a temporary bridge, and officials estimate the highway could be reopened by Sunday afternoon.

And a washout about 85 kilometres east of Prince George has the highway reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Travellers are warned to expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

With files from The Canadian Press

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