Crews work to remove the gabion wall along Kin Beach Tuesday. Trees that have been compromised from the high water levels caused by flooding this spring will also be removed. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Flood cleanup reveals needle

Caution urged at popular beach after hypodermic needle dug up

A disturbing item has been dug up at popular Vernon beach.

While cleaning up flood protection at Sandy Beach (next to Kin Beach), crews discovered a needle.

“Please take note of surroundings in the recreational areas as a hypodermic needle has been found during the gabion wall removal,” OKIB’s emergency operations centre states in a release. “Please take necessary precautions in your daily outings.”

The removal of the the gabion walls is underway and expected to wrap up by Friday. The OKIB-EOC will then start removal of trees which have been compromised by the long-standing high water created by the spring floods.

Traffic disruption will occur on Lakeshore Road from Aug. 21-25 to accommodate work.

“The OKIB-EOC asks all citizens’ to refrain from entering the Sandy Beach area while this work is in progress.”