Vernon issues wind warning

Vernon residents along Okanagan Lake are being told to hang on tight.

Environment Canada is forecasting wind gusts of up to 60 kilometres an hour Thursday afternoon and into Friday, with a 60 per cent chance of rain showers Thursday afternoon.

“Rain and heavy winds may increase the likelihood of flooding along Okanagan Lake. This risk is highest along shores exposed to the south,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, with the City of Vernon.

“The evacuation alert for residents on both sides of Lakeshore Road (from 2548 to 2688) and 6999 Cummins Rd. is still in effect until further notice.”

The city has taken temporary flood protection measures to protect strategic locations along Lakeshore Road. Lake access sites along Okanagan Lake remain open with the exception of Lakeshore Road.

“Homeowners are responsible for ensuring that their homes are protected during an emergency event,” said Laing Gahr.

“Owners are encouraged to check their flood protection measures in advance of the strong winds that are forecasted as wave action can undermine flood protection measures.”

Sandbags and sand for emergency flooding can be picked up at the following locations:

Outside operations main entrance at 1900 – 48th Ave. off of Pleasant Valley Road

4005 Pleasant Valley Rd.

Corner of Okanagan Avenue and Okanagan Landing Road (across from Marshall Fields)

Okanagan Hills Boulevard and Bella Vista Road intersection (entrance to the Rise community)

8974 Okanagan Landing Rd.

2605 Lakeshore Rd.

Just Posted

Two North Okanagan students receive Premier’s Scholarship to study abroad

Two North Okanagan students are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime

Meningococcal disease outbreak declared in Okanagan

Five cases in last six months among 15-to-19 year-olds, including one in Coldstream

Van fire extinguished

Fire damages vehicle and fence Wednesday night in Vernon

Life’s a beach for new/old radio station

KISS-FM becomes Beach 107.5; goes back to old CJIB call letters

Beairsto students decorate Christmas cookies

Beairsto students get creative in the kitchen

Sagmoen case adjourned, again

Small, yet mighty, rally again on Vernon courthouse steps

Charges in car wash shooting stalled

Court waits for police watchdog report on Salmon Arm incident.

B.C. Mountie told to resign after texting teenage sex assault victim

RCMP documents say Const. Brian Eden sent sexually inappropriate photos to 17-year-old girl

Family doctors should learn to treat addiction, not shun patients: scientist

B.C. Centre on Substance Use’s Dr. Evan Wood said efforts underway to change addiction medicine image

Four dog deaths investigated in Cranbrook

One vet suggests a parallel to these deaths and similar ones in 2016

Vernon civic candidate signage rules relaxed

Candidates permitted to post unlimited signs on public property

Seaton serves up Christmas lunch

Seaton Secondary’s full turkey and ham lunch was enjoyed by over 185 students Dec. 13

Column: The close-knit community of Cherryville

By Jim Cooperman, Observer contributor Nestled beneath the foothills of the Monashee… Continue reading

Column: A lifetime of calling bingo numbers

By Leah Blain, Observer contributor “Under the B - 5…under the G… Continue reading

Most Read