|Photos of the massive floods that swept through Sicamous, B.C PHOTOS COURTESY OF KELLY M. DICK Monday June 25, 2012.
CALGARY — Hundreds of residents ousted by severe flooding were homeward bound Tuesday after one of two evacuation orders in the Sicamous, B.C., area were lifted.
Robyn Cyr, information officer with the Shuswap Emergency Operations Centre, said the evacuation order for Swansea Point, a subdivision of Sicamous, was lifted Tuesday afternoon, allowing about 250 residents to return home following flooding on the weekend.
A second evacuation order, which impacts about 80-100 residents of the Two Mile subdivision, was still in effect Tuesday.
"The community has really rallied around these people," said Cyr.
"We're just going to pick up and carry on."
Sicamous, about 480 km west of Calgary, and surrounding areas remained under a do-not-consume water advisory, as debris and chemicals may be affecting the water quality, said Cyr.
The Hummingbird and Sicamous Creeks have overflowed causing extensive damage to some communities and heavy rainfall has filled lakes, rivers and creeks.
Shuswap Lake's water level is expected to peak by Wednesday, said Dave Campbell, head of B.C.'s River Forecast Centre.
High water levels will likely prevail for a few days before they drop down, he added.
Chris Duffy, executive director of emergency co-ordination with Emergency Management B.C., urged residents to heed warnings about water levels.
"Vigilance is the word of the day," he said.
"Floodwaters are dangerous and we urge people to stay away from rivers and streams.
"There are significant safety issues that may exist."
Duffy said he was expecting to have a look at paperwork regarding disaster aid for victims on Tuesday afternoon, but stressed any assistance is not meant to be complete or comprehensive coverage.
For example, he said, it does not cover recreational or seasonal residences, luxury goods or land lost by erosion. Disaster aid is targeted more at essential needs and filling in the gaps on damage repairs for primary residences.