Flood hazards continue

  • Aug. 4, 2017 1:02 p.m.

The flooding has eased, but some hazards remain.

Residents are being reminded that tree root systems at Sandy Beach and Kin Beach have been compromised by high water and the trees are unstable.

“Caution should be used near these trees until crews have assessed and taken steps to limit risk to the public,” said Byron Louis, Okanagan Indian Band chief.

The City of Vernon and the band are also urging residents to stay off of Sandy Beach until the flood protection measures and other identified potential safety hazards have been removed.

“The safety of people in our community is so important. We want to ensure that everyone has the information to make good choices in where they access the lake over the rest of the summer,” said Louis.

“We want to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy our beaches over the long weekend while being safe and respectful of our neighbours,” added Akbal Mund, Vernon mayor.

Gabion baskets were installed along Lakeshore Road to protect homes and property from flooding.

Water testing was also recently conducted at Kin and Sandy beaches.

“Bacteriological testing by both the First Nations Health Authority and Interior Health have returned within acceptable levels, in spite of the presence of a naturally occurring algae bloom,” said Louis.

“Recreational water users are reminded that the water quality testing does not check for other toxins or chemicals.”

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