EDITORIAL: Vigilance key for flood safety

There are some things in life that are simply beyond our control. B.C.’s recent plague of floods is one.

There are some things in life that are simply beyond our control.

B.C.’s recent plague of floods is one.

While it is virtually impossible to stop the clouds from leaking, and subsequently the shores from rising, we can prepare ourselves.

Diligence is urged for everyone.

Keeping ditches and culverts clear of debris will better protect homes and property from water damage.

Livestock and animals need protection too, and therefore should be moved to higher ground when floods threaten.

For those in close proximity to creeks, rivers and rising lakes, sandbagging is another effective tool for your preparedness kit.

Sandbags can be found at the following locations (residents are reminded to bring their own shovels to fill the bags):

  • Armstrong – for sand and sandbags call 250-546-3023 (same number for after hours).
  • Coldstream – Kalamalka Lake Road, across from Postill Drive and School Road across from Jeffers Park in Lavington.
  • Enderby – Public Works yards 2309 McGowan St.
  • Lumby – gravel parking lot across from Lumby Arena/Curling Rink parking lot located at 2230 Shields Ave.
  • Regional District of North Okanagan – sandbags only located outside gates at the Fire Training Centre – 300 Pottery Rd.
  • Spallumcheen – outside gate of Public Works yards located at 1511 Eagle Rock Rd.
  • Vernon – city yard, outside main gate on Pleasant Valley Road and on the corner of Okanagan Ave. and Okanagan Landing Rd. Emergency only after hours – Vernon Fire Hall 3401 30th St.

A little advance work can make it easier to weather the storm.

—The Morning Star