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Storm steals park jumps

Boaters beware – it's not just logs you have to watch out for on Okanagan Lake.

Conrad Wiker at Whiplash Cable/Wake Park on the Westbank First Nation waterfront near the Bennett Bridge says Tuesday night's storm tore four of the park's obstacles from the beach.

Wiker has already recovered two, but alerts the public that two more of the large ramps and jumps are still floating out there.

The large, white obstacles are about 16 feet long and eight feet wide, weighing 350-400 pounds each. They could cause serious damage if a boat were to run into them.

"I just wanted to let people know for public safety," said Wiker. "They could be floating just beneath the surface, so they might be hard to see. Boaters should be aware."

He said even though the obstacles were out of the water and secured on the beach, the wind storm and high waves pulled them away.

If anyone sees them, they are asked to Wiker at 250-878-9090 so he can recover them.

Water advisory upgraded

A public health advisory issued Tuesday night has been upgraded to a boil-water notice for some residents of West Kelowna.

The advisory was issued during Tuesday's storm surge on Okanagan Lake, regarding the discharge of treated effluent from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

After further discussions with Interior Health, the regional district has been made aware that residences between 2523 and 2589 Whitworth Rd. are not connected to a municipal water supply and may draw water from the lake.

As a result, a boil-water notice is in place for anyone drawing drinking water from Okanagan Lake within 300 metres of the additional temporary wastewater treatment plant bypass discharge located just off the Pebble Beach Park shoreline.

Affected residents should boil any water used for drinking, cooking, washing produce or fruit, making beverages and ice or brushing teeth for at least one minute or secure an alternativee source of safe drinking water.

The district is providing bottled water for affected residents.

Also, as a precaution, swimming is not recommended within 150 metres of the temporary effluent discharge.  The municipal park remains closed.

Crash closes library

The Peachland branch of Okanagan Regional Library is temporarily closed for repairs.

After an incident involving a car, the building sustained a significant amount of external and internal damage requiring structural evaluation. Okanagan Regional Library is working closely with the building owner to ensure the library will be up and running as quickly as possible. 

The library is taking the unexpected incident as an opportunity to update the branch.

The library should fully reopen in late June. 

Since the accident, residents have been travelling to Summerland and Westbank for their library services. 

Brenda Mines exit closed

A washout has forced closure of the Brenda Mines exit off the Okanagan Connector.

In a brief statement, DriveBC says the exit is closed in both directions until further notice.

Originally, the notice indicated the highway was also closed, however, that has since been rescinded.

Water advisory on Westside

A public health advisory has been issued relating to the temporary pumping bypass of treated effluent from the westside regional wastewater treatment plant into Okanagan Lake.

As a result of further consultation with Interior Health, the Central Okanagan Regional District issued the precautionary advisory Tuesday night.

Interior Health recommends anyone drawing drinking water from Okanagan Lake within 150 metres of the bypass discharge, located just off Pebble Beach Park in West Kelowna, should boil or secure an alternate source of safe drinking water.

In addition, swimming is discouraged within 150 metres of the temporary discharge. The park on Whitworth Road was closed by the City of West Kelowna last week as flood protection works were installed.

Due to rising lake levels and an increase in wastewater flows into the treatment plant from West Kelowna, Peachland and the Westbank First Nation, the additional pump was added last week, boosting the outfall capacity of the plant’s treated effluent.

The additional pump is required because higher than normal lake levels have caused a decreased flow of treated effluent from the plant’s outfall in Okanagan Lake.

Life saved by tourniquet

A 68-year-old German man was saved by the quick actions of bystanders and police, Sunday, after he was hit by a motorcycle.

The man was crossing Highway 97 near Butt Road, about 100 metres from a controlled intersection, when he was hit by a northbound Harley-Davidson.

The pedestrian suffered serious injuries, including a severe wound to his leg, resulting in significant blood loss.

Bystanders provided initial first aid to the man, until RCMP arrived.

“One of our officers applied a tourniquet to the man’s severe leg wound,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “It is believed that the officer’s prompt assessment of the situation and decisive actions taken may have saved the man’s life.”

The 29-year-old man on the motorcycle suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Kelowna RCMP are working with the German consulate in Toronto and German National Police to locate the man's next of kin. 

Robbery suspect nabbed

RCMP wasted no time in nabbing the suspect of an armed robbery Monday morning in West Kelowna.

About 1:20 a.m., police received a report of a robbery just committed at the Shell gas station on Dobbin Road in downtown Westbank, where a man produced a knife, demanded money and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The lone store clerk was not injured in the incident.

Police located a man matching the suspect’s description "within blocks of where the robbery was committed,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

He was taken into custody without incident, and a police dog tracked his scent back to the scene of the crime.

The 43-year-old West Kelowna man faces potential charges and is expected to appear in court today.

Any witnesses are asked to call West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

Suffers serious injuries

UPDATE: 1:25 p.m.

The pedestrian struck Monday night in West Kelowna suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Kelowna RCMP are looking for witnesses in the collision, after a blue Dodge Durango hit the 38-year-old pedestrian in the intersection of Dobbin Road and Brown Road.

The driver remained at the scene and co-operated with police.

Police have asked anyone who saw the incident to call 250-768-2880.

ORIGINAL: 12:00 a.m.

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Monday night.

The collision took place at about 10:30 p.m. on Highway 97 near Brown and Dobbin roads.

Paramedics took the pedestrian to hospital but it is unclear what injuries the victim suffered.

Dobbin Road was reduced to one lane traffic for the investigation.

Wicked World of Wheels

One of the valley’s biggest car shows sold out this weekend with over 500 vehicles participating in Peachland on Sunday.

Organizers said this year was the best year yet for the World of Wheels and predicted over 10,000 people in attendance.

“This is the kickstart, a great way to give back to the community,” said Pam Cunningham, organizer of World of Wheels. “We have this huge day, the restaurants are full, everyone is selling everything they have.”

Classic, antique and new cars were put on display downtown Peachland. Vendors and food trucks were also there to create a show for everyone.

“We try to encourage the cars you won't see every day. You come and go, ‘Wow, is that ever cool.’ For a lot of people it brings back memories,” she said.

The show is always held on the long weekend and warm weather kept the show moving smoothly although the boats were not included this year due to water levels and flood prevention.

The show ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and was celebrating its 20th year.

Motorcycle vs. pedestrian

Paramedics rushed to the scene of a collision involving a motorcycle and pedestrian on Sunday.

The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. on Highway 97 and Butt road.

One person was taken to hospital but there is no word on the injuries.

Highway 97 is down to one lane open northbound.


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