Strong winds Saturday took down several trees along the BX Creek Trail.  A portable carport in Lumby was also damaged during the wind storm.

Strong winds Saturday took down several trees along the BX Creek Trail. A portable carport in Lumby was also damaged during the wind storm.

Wind rips through region

The wind was whipping Saturday, and causing issues for some North Okanagan residents

The wind was whipping Saturday, and causing issues for some North Okanagan residents.

At around 7 p.m., Lumby RCMP officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Lumby Mabel Lake Road for a Hydro hazard caused by the wind.

“The wind blew a portable carport up into a power line,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“It then fell down on to the metal roof of a mobile home.”

The residents of the home were evacuated and accommodation was arranged for them by Emergency Social Services.

While B.C. Hydro and the Lumby volunteer fire department were on-scene, a tree fell down causing risk to other mobile homes.

“Occupants in several units were evacuated and assisted by ESS,” said Molendyk.

“Our members taped the area off and the neighbours were told of the risk. Five trailers were affected as a result.”

A tree falling company advised they would not come out in the wind, but would attend Sunday morning to deal with the trees.

A release from Regional District of North Okanagan’s fire services shows a flurry of wind-related activity on Saturday.

Between 3:17 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., there were nine reports of electrical wires down and trees on electrical lines in the BX, Armstrong, Coldstream and Enderby.