Sandbag collection continues

The City of Vernon is now proceeding with phase four of the sand bag disposal assistance program.

This phase includes properties along Lakeshore Drive. Property owners on Tronson Road and Eastside Road are encouraged to leave flood protection in place to a minimum of 0.6 metres (two feet) above lake level to protect from wave action.

Residents of Vernon who are required to dispose of more than 400 sand bags from their properties can call city operations at 250-549-6757 during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) to request assistance. city staff will review the request and if approved, city contractors will provide large collection bins to individual properties to assist with the removal process. Property owners are required to load the bins.

Due to the limitations of the number of bins available, collection will be completed in phases as follows:

Phase One: Properties within the city adjacent to BX Creek – July 6 to Aug. 6

Phase Two: Properties within the city adjacent to Vernon Creek – July 10 to Aug. 10

Phase Three: Properties on Lakeshore Drive – Timing to be announced

Phase Four: Properties on Tronson Rd and Eastside Rd – Timing to be announced

In most instances, sand can be treated as clean soil and used as general fill, substitute aggregate in construction applications or blended into gardens and lawns. Under no circumstances should sandbags be emptied on beaches or into any creeks, wetland, beaches or other watercourses.

Sand bags can also be dropped off free of charge at the following locations as long as they are not mixed with any other substance, wood debris, garbage or recycling materials:

All landfills

The sand bag fill site located outside operations yard entrance off Pleasant Valley Road

The sand bag fill site located at corner of Okanagan Avenue and Okanagan Landing Road