Storm keeps officers busy

Vernon thunderstorms keep RCMP on their toes

Saturday’s thunderstorms blew in a busy evening for emergency crews.

During the blustery, lightning- and thunder-filled day, the North Okanagan RCMP detachment received 44 calls for service just between 4 and 11 p.m.

Everything from home alarms going off, to accidents, trees down over powerlines (including one blocking a Lavington road), a stand up paddle boarder caught in the storm and a capsized boat on Okanagan Lake.

In the two lake incidents, all individuals were OK.

Meanwhile local RCMP officers were out of breath attempting to attend all the calls.

“They were just running,” said Gord Molendyk, of the eight to 10 officers on duty during the storm.

Local firefighters were also kept busy, particularly Coldstream, with a forest fire sparked by lightning in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. But thanks to all the rain, the fire was contained and extinguished.

Sunday’s storm saw 24 calls for RCMP service during the same time period.