Vernon and North Okanagan News
UPDATE MAY 13, 2:30 P.M.: The evacuation order issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District on April 23 for properties adjacent to McIntyre Creek has been partially rescinded.
The resident at 6098 Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road are now permitted to return to their property.
These residents do remain on evacuation alert and must be prepared to evacuate on short notice.
The other six properties remain on evacuation order.
The decision to rescind the Evacuation Order for the property at 6098 Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road was recommended by the Geotechnical Engineer conducting analysis of the event.
They have advised the likelihood of a debris flow impacting that property is so remote, that their advice was to place that address on an Evacuation Alert.
The owners of seven evacuated properties situated alongside McIntyre Creek in the North Shuswap just received some more bad news.
According to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, the evacuation order that went into effect two weeks ago will continue for at least 30 more days.
The release from the CSRD says that after a lengthy discussion between representatives from various provincial bodies, “a decision was reached that further field and site assessments need to be conducted before decisions are reached on the final emergency works necessary to mitigate the hazard.”
Local traffic is asked to be aware of the dangers when crossing this section of the Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road, and to obey all posted signs.
The Shuswap Emergency Program says the evacuation order could be extended throughout the month of June, depending on their findings in and around McIntyre Creek.
The area has been under an evacuation ever since a large debris flow on McIntyre Creek on April 23, sent a mess of logs and mud up over the Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road, approximately 15 km east of the Trans Canada Highway.
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