Residents urged to be aware of the possibility of flooding

Communities throughout the North Okanagan establish locations for sandbags

  • Mar. 6, 2012 4:00 p.m.

With the current snow melt and rain in the forecast,  North Okanagan residents are reminded that they are responsible for all measures required for flood protection of private property.

To assist property owners who may experience flooding,  local communities have implemented a sand bag program.

The locations for sand and sand bags are as follows, residents are reminded to bring their own shovels:

Armstrong – for sand and sand bags call 250-546-3023 (same number for after hours)

Coldstream – sand and sand bags located at two locations:

· Kalamalka Road, across from Postill Drive

· Lavington area – School Road across from Jeffers Park

For emergencies call public works at 250-550-1505 during work hours or 250-545-5304 after hours

Enderby – sand and sand bags located at the public works yard at 2309 McGowan St.  For after hours call  250-838-7230.

Lumby – sand and sand bags located in gravel parking lot across from the arena/curling rink parking lot at 2230 Shields Ave.  For after hours please call 250-547-2160.

RDNO – Sand bags only located outside gates at the fire training centre at 300 Pottery Rd.  Call 250-550-3731 during work hours.

Spallumcheen – sand and sand bags located outside of the gate of the public works yard at 1511 Eagle Rock Rd.  For after hours, call 250-546-3013.

Vernon:

Sand and sandbags located at two locations:

· Vernon city yards – outside main gate on Pleasant Valley Road

· Corner of Okanagan Avenue and Okanagan Landing Road

Sand Bags available at two locations

· Work hours – city yards at 1900 48th Ave.

After hours – Vernon fire hall at 3401 30th St.

For more information on flooding preparedness and response, go to www.env.gov.bc.ca/wsd/public_safety/flood/emergency.html

For personal preparedness for floods and flood watch notifications, visit www.pep.bc.ca/floods/index.html

To report a serious flood situation, call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.