The City of Vernon will be picking up sandbags from residents who need help having them removed.
People who can take sandbags themselves to drop off points are urged to do so.
They can be taken to all RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities, the sand bag fill site outside the city operations yard on 48th Avenue off Pleasant Valley Road and the sandbag fill site at Okanagan Avenue and Okanagan Landing Road across from Marshall Fields.
They may be dropped off free of charge.
Residents of Vernon who are required to dispose of more than 400 sand bags from their properties can call City Operations at 250-549-6757 during regular business hours (Mon-Fri 7:30 am-3:30 pm) to request assistance. City staff will review the request and if approved, City contractors will be providing large collection bins to individual properties to assist with the removal process. Due to the limitations on the number of bins available, collection will be completed in phases as follows:
Phase 1: Properties within the City of Vernon adjacent to BX Creek – July 6 to August 6
Phase 2: Properties within the City of Vernon adjacent to Vernon Creek – Timing to be announced
Phase 3: Properties on Lakeshore Drive – Timing to be announced
Phase 4: Properties on Tronson Rd and Eastside Rd – Timing to be announced
Sand Bag Handling Guidelines
- Gloves and appropriate footwear should be worn when handling sandbags.
- After handling sandbags wash exposed body parts with soap and water and launder clothing.
- Wet sandbags will be at least twice as heavy as dry sandbags therefore caution should be used or assistance should be sought for lifting the bags.
- In accordance with Provincial regulations, sand from sandbags must not be placed directly into or adjacent to streams, lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, springs, ravines, gulches, or wetlands whether or not they contain water.
- Be careful when beginning a clean-up. Be aware of potential hazards such as physical, microbiological, and chemicals. For more information refer to HealthLink BC: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile20.stm
Meanwhile, the Tiger Dam the city set up to protect Lakers Clubhouse has been removed.
The Tiger Dam protecting part of the lower section of Lakeshore Road is tentatively scheduled to be removed next week.