News Release No. 50                    

Date:   Thursday, August 28, 2003      

Time:   2:00 p.m.


PUBLIC INFO LINE:                                          869-0386

PRC RECEPTION CENTRE:                            762-8646


PROVINCIAL INFO LINE:                                 1-800-311-7044




Residents of the Gallaghers Canyon and June Springs Road areas (south of the intersection with Jean Road) within the City of Kelowna boundaries are being allowed to return to their homes at 2 p.m. today, Thursday August 28.  This is a revision to the original area previously shown as Stage Seven. 


Generally homes in the area outside the City boundaries (now known as Stage 8) remain on Evacuation Order and residents will be notified when they may return home. However a few properties east of the City boundary on McCulloch Road are included in the re-entry, and residents will also be allowed to return home.


The Evacuation Order area for Stage 8 begins where June Springs Road crosses the City boundary and follows the City boundary east until it crosses McCulloch Road, it follows both sides of McCulloch Road, then proceeds east on McCulloch Road to two kilometres northwest of the dam at the west end of McCulloch Lake and goes south and east of these properties returning to the boundary of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and follows this boundary south, west and north back to the City of Kelowna boundary, then follows the City boundary east back to June Springs Road.


Approximately 2,100 people will be returning home in this area. The total number of residents permitted to return home today now stands at approximately 3,450.


The total number of residents still on Evacuation Order and out of their homes now stands at approximately 3,000.