May 09, 2017

Stranded during an evacuation

We loaded till 9PM and discovered a problem with the batteries.  Nothing could be done till daylight today as we were in a deep puddle of water and the batteries were arching.  Called Freightliner at 10PM and they were there and would have come this morning but our go to RV tech ( another good one here in Kelowna ) also answered his phone late last night.  He was here at 8AM this morning.  All is well.

The lake continues to rise and we are now 60% surrounded by water, maybe more.  We are safe ,all is well and we got to spend a final night in our home.  We’ve only been home just over three weeks and it is sad to say goodbye.  We have loaded our business into the RV as well as clothes and food as we have no idea how long we will be gone.  Possible several weeks.  Possibly a year if the water rises into our home.  The basement is empty but there is still a lot of water to come down the mountains.  Apparently Beaver Lake just above us is still frozen solid and we get a lot of run off from there in the spring.  More rain in the forecast, etc.

So we are about to lock the door  ( 11AM ) for who knows how long.  We have found the only RV site in all of Kelowna that can take us until June 1st.  Sadly it is a dump but it has full hook ups and wifi.  We have to register with Emergency Services once we drop off the RV, then go pick up my car in West Kelowna where Colin left it at Freightliner yesterday.  The RV just has everything thrown inside, it will take time to sort that out.  Once we are organized again I will post photos, etc.

Did you know that our street is called Lake Lane?  It certainly is a lake today.

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18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Stranded during an evacuation”

  1. rae says:

    Thanks for the update. So sad for you. Hope your house will be okay.

  2. Cat says:

    I am so sorry you guys are going through this especially after all you have dealt with in the past few months. 🙁

    Hope you can return to your home sooner rather than later.

    BIG (((((hugs))))) to both of you.

  3. Sandie says:

    Glad to hear you’re okay but so very sad to hear about the flood. Please keep us updated when you can.

  4. What a gigantic pain in the butt, hugs to you both. Take care

  5. Dee Tillotson says:

    Even in the middle of all the flooding, the only way to relax is to count your blessings; you are both safe and sound and are in familiar surroundings of your RV. In addition, you can say to yourself, “Ain’t homeowner’s insurance great!” However, the vino certainly helps to do the above. We are thinking of you two and praying that Mother Nature and the Kelowna population are at peace again with each other.

  6. Shelagh says:

    What is that saying “when it rains you need to pour” thank goodness for vino. Seriously though you guys sure have not had an easy time of it lately. Take care, hopefully you will be back home soon. I think I read that the exvac order was lifted at Fintry. It can all change so fast. Thanks for the update.

    • Dee Tillotson says:

      Shelagh, “when it rains you need to pour”–I love that and will tuck that away for my nerves during our hurricane season.

  7. Croft Randle says:

    Well, we are happy to hear you at least got the important things out of the house. We have all stayed in dumpy RV parks when we had to, something nicer will open up. Like Dee says, Homeowners Insurance will pay for most or all of the extras you have to do.

  8. Kelly says:

    Thinking of you Contessa and Colin.

  9. Jannose says:

    My goodness. Glad you are safe and hope the flooding stops before it does any damage to your home.

  10. Connie & Barry in PA says:

    Glad you are now in a safe place. (((LOTS OF HUGS)))!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Not good News. We hope the house is OK.

  12. Glad that you are out of the house ok, with all the important stuff. At least you have the RV to live in until the water goes done and you can get back into your house. Others aren’t so lucky. 🙁

    As for the RV park being a dump, if you shut your blinds and grab a glass of wine, you would never know what is just outside. 😉

    Good luck, hope all goes well.


  13. George Yates says:

    At last you are away from the flood waters and all will be good, until the next time. Like Kevin Said your rv is still your Rv no matter what it is a like around you.
    Close the bonds and have wine.

  14. Nancy Hodgson says:

    glad to hear you are both fine…….what a year you have had
    thank goodness you had your RV
    take a deep breath and have a wine my friend
    thinking of you and Colin

    Randy and Nancy

  15. Li says:

    Ontario here. Saw a reference to your blog on another site. My heart goes out to you. I wish the best possible outcome for you in light of this. It’s astounding and tragic. Best of luck. Stay safe.
    Li in Ontario

  16. Paul Walker says:

    You are real troopers! Keep up the good spirit. Things will get better.



  17. Barbara Lane says:

    Prayers are with you.

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