Water levels are rising throughout Lumby. (Kyla Hamilton/Facebook)

Woman and child rescued in Lumby

Firefighters had to use a village loader to rescue a woman and infant from a vehicle that had become stalled in flood waters on Bessette Street

There was a scary situation in Lumby Saturday morning.

Firefighters had to use a village loader to rescue a woman and infant from a vehicle that had become stalled in flood waters on Bessette Street.

“They had drowned their engine,” said Tony Clayton, fire chief.

As a result of the incident, Clayton is issuing a warning to all motorists.

“Don’t drive through water. It’s deeper than you think,” he said.

Creek levels throughout the community are rising and there’s been considerable effort among residents and emergency personnel to prepare sandbags.

“It’s looking worse than yesterday. Some berms have been undermined,” said Tom Kadla, chief administrative officer, Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, evacuation alerts are being issued to residents living along Duteau, Harris and Bessette creeks. The alert doesn’t force them to leave, but puts them on notice if conditions worsen.

An emergency centre is being established at the White Valley Community Centre.

Shuswap Avenue is also closed because of high water levels.

“We don’t know what Mother Nature will provide today,” said Kadla.

Just Posted

Vipers snap Vees’ unbeaten run at 13

Vernon hands Penticton first shutout loss of the season, 4-0 at home Saturday

Holiday bears off to new homes

Annual Morning Star December giveaway draws crowd on cold Saturday morning

Legion bell prank hits sour note

Anger erupts after Summerland Legion member removes bell from Peachland Legion

T-Birds high on Hansma

Armstrong high jump star commits to UBC Thunderbirds track team

Vipers down Silverbacks

Vernon goes into Salmon Arm and wins 3-1 in B.C. Hockey League action Friday

Steve Miller and Peter Frampton headed to Kelowna

Concert announced for Kelowna April 18

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

SAR search for missing skier at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Joseph Stelcasky was reported missing Sunday afternoon

Pipe bomb explodes in NYC subway

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

Toronto FC to hold victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Toronto FC to hold downtown victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Canada’s only commercial spaceport hopes to launch 12 rockets per year

Nova Scotia’s rocket launch site hopes to eventually host 12 launches per year

‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globes

The nominees were announced from Beverly Hills after still-burning fires ravaged Southern California for the past week.

Acclaimed rockers Shinedown to perform in Penticton

Shinedown kick off their Canadian tour in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre

Most Read