Sewer spills into Vernon Creek

Crews made quick work repairing a broken sewer line in Okanagan Landing Wednesday.

Crews made quick work repairing a broken sewer line in Okanagan Landing Wednesday.

North Okanagan Emergency Management was alerted to the break in the area of Cummins Road and Marshall Field at around 2:30 p.m.

“City of Vernon utilities crews responded immediately and contained the majority of the spill,” said Gord Molendyk, the emergency management communication officer for Vernon.

“A small amount was able to escape over the dam that was put in place and managed to flow into Vernon Creek.”

The ministry of environment, Interior Health Authority and Emergency Management BC were immediately notified, and responded to the area.

IHA advised there was no threat to any of the public or private drinking water in the area.

City of Vernon operations manager Shirley Koenig said a pipe failure caused the broken line, and that city crews worked into the morning Thursday fixing the pipe.

“Once we were alerted, we took immediate remedial action, and had our crews working on it until 1 a.m. or later,” said Koenig Thursday morning.

“Crews are out there doing some residual clean up. The pipe was fixed by 11:30 last night and refilled.”

Sewer service to the area was maintained with the city providing five trucks that were pumping to keep up with the flow that was coming into the lift station.