david skelhon photo Rising flood waters have nearly submerged the Kal Beach pier.

Coldstream cleans up

Sandbag collection for lake properties begins Monday

Flood cleanup is starting in Coldstream.

The district will be providing curb side sand bag pick up for the properties along the lake (Westkal Rd., Kalavista Dr., Kirkland Dr., Tebo Dr., Postill Dr., Kalamalka Rd.) that were affected from the flooding.

Starting Monday, July 31 to Aug. 14, sandbags placed at the curb by 7 a.m. will be picked up during regular business hours. A final cleanup will be conducted on Aug. 14.

“It will be the responsibility of the property owner to dispose of any sandbags not placed at curbside and picked up by that time,” said Trevor Seibel, Coldstream’s chief administrative officer in a release.

Under no circumstances should sandbags be emptied on beaches or into any creeks, wetlands, or other watercourses as outlined in the Water Sustainability Act.

“The impact can destroy fish habitat and affect drinking water, infrastructure, flood control, navigation and recreational activities.”

Please report violators to Natural Resources at 1-877-952-7277 (option 2) toll free or #7277 on a cell phone.

Sand bags may also be dropped off free of charge at the RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDFs) as long as they are not mixed with any other substance, garbage or recycling materials. Customers must report to the scale prior to disposing of the sandbags.

In most instances sand used for flood protection in the District of Coldstream can be treated as clean soil and used as general fill, substitute aggregate in construction applications or blended into gardens and lawns.


The following are general guidelines for the handling of sandbags:

 Gloves and proper footwear should be worn when handling sandbags.

 After handling sandbags wash exposed body parts with soap and water and launder clothing.

 Wet sandbags will be at least twice as heavy as dry sandbags therefore caution should be used or assistance should be sought for lifting the bags.

 In accordance with Provincial regulations, sand from sandbags must not be placed directly into or adjacent to streams, lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, springs, ravines, gulches, or wetlands whether or not they contain water.

 Be careful when beginning a clean-up. Be aware of physical, microbiological, and chemical hazards. For more information refer to HealthLink BC: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile20.stm

Just Posted

North Okanagan indigenous student award winners

Scholarship program rewards 457 students across province

Local donations lift college trades facility

George Galbraith and Kal Tire each donate $250,000 to new Okanagan College trades training centre

RCMP seek missing man

Blake Doyle was last seen Dec. 2

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

SilverStar shines

Vernon’s mountain resort lights up for Christmas

Fans litter ice with teddy bears for charity

Annul Vernon Vipers Teddy Bear Toss B.C. Hockey League game

UPDATE: Liberal Hogg wins South Surrey-White Rock byelection over Conservative Findlay

B.C. riding to be represented by non-conservative for first time in decades

Writing her way to recovery

Shuswap author finds healing and well-being by writing

Six-year-old boy needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Mother of sick Sooke boy asks government to help fund treatments

Environmental groups slam NDP decision to continue with Site C

Construction industry, meanwhile, is cautiously optimistic about how the project will look

Be ladder safe both at work and home

WorkSafeBC wants you to keep safe while hanging those Christmas lights this year

B.C. overdose deaths surpass 1,200

96 people died of illicit drug overdoses in October

North Westside director travels

The Regional District of Central Okanagan board has agreed to Wayne Carson attending conferences

A classic Christmas play with a Kelowna twist

Scrooge is transported to Kelowna in New Vintage Theatre’s new holiday play, opening Wednesday

Most Read