Repairs continue after a flood at Kal Tire Place Sept. 3.

Repairs continue after a flood at Kal Tire Place Sept. 3.

Vipers hit the ice in Kal Tire Place

Season opener proceeds despite ongoing repairs after flood

The Vipers game is a go.

The season opener for the Vernon Vipers will take place Saturday after a water main break forced the closure of Kal Tire Place and the cancellation of an exhibition game Sept. 3.

“Kal Tire Place will be open,” sad Tanya Laing Gahr, City of Vernon communications officer.

The Vipers will be playing the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The lower level of Kal Tire Place had to be shut down Sept. 3 after a water main break overwhelmed the sewer system and backed up into the arena.

Most of the flooring on the lower level of the facility was damaged and had to be removed.

“Staff and restoration crews are continuing the work of assessing and repairing damage,” said Laing Gahr.

Cleaning crews have finished in lower dressing room and hallway areas and temporary flooring has been installed for the Vipers game.

Environmental testing on the facility has been completed and preliminary results may be available by weekend.

“Staff at Kal Tire Place do not anticipate any concerns with test results,” said Laing Gahr.