Evacuees still on hold
Sep 12, 2012 / 6:39 am
The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) advises that there will be no further anticipated changes in the Evacuation Order and Alert areas until mid-morning today, at the earliest.
The EOC says this is based on the need to ensure public safety and that all areas are clear before allowing residents to re-enter.
Local government staff have started an extensive effort to identify, and where possible, remove hazards that could threaten the safety of residents. Among these hazards are:
- dangerous trees
- falling limbs
- ground threats (unexpected holes)
The team will also ensure infrastructure (electricity) is intact. There have also been small isolated active fires identified in the evacuation area.
It’s anticipated an update on the status of the Evacuation Order and Alerts will be available later tomorrow morning.
Evacuated residents may receive assistance with food, lodging and clothing by visiting the Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Westbank Lions Community Hall, 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna.
The hall will be open until 6:00 pm this evening and it will re-open at 9:00 am Wednesday morning.
A comprehensive map of Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert areas is available here.
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