Salmon Arm  

Lumby hit by outage

UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.

Strong winds knocked trees on the lines in the Lumby area Tuesday afternoon causing a power outage to 1,743 customers, according to BC Hydro.

The power went out at 3:38 p.m.

A crew is on the scene and the utility expects power to return by 9 p.m.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

Power has returned for 2,085 customers in the Shuswap.

A tree falling on a line was to blame for the outage that affected customers in a corridor running from Salmon Arm to Enderby on Tuesday afternoon, said a BC Hydro spokesperson. 

Power was out between 1:15 to 2:49 p.m., the spokesperson said.


The power is out to over 1,500 BC Hydro customers in the Shuswap.

According to the utility's website, the area is west of Old Sicamous Road and is affecting South Canoe, Grandview Bench and south to the outskirts of Enderby.

The cause of the outage is not known.

A crew is on-site.

The outage was reported at 1:15 p.m.


Swift water rescue taped

A dramatic swift water rescue took place in the Shuswap last week after a woman fell into Sicamous Creek.

The June 11th rescue was caught on camera and posted to Facebook by the Sicamous Fire Department.

Sicamous firefighters worked with members of the Eagle Valley Rescue Society and Shuswap Search and Rescue to save the woman who was screaming and clinging to a boulder in the raging water.

RCMP officers and BC Ambulance Services were also at the scene.

The video shows a firefighter carefully wading through the current while tied to a rope while others secured the rope on the side of the creek. 

The woman was safely brought to shore.

"Great team work was needed to get her to safety," said the Facebook posting.

Buy a birthday trail

The Shuswap Trail Alliance is hoping people buy a little piece of Canada in honour of the nation's 150th birthday.

In an effort to leave a trail legacy for the whole of the Shuswap, the alliance is suggesting people make a contribution to the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund.

A press release states: “Our community had a dream to build a well-designed, well-signed, well-maintained network of trails. Over the years, this dream has come true. We now have over 700 kilometres of trails to explore. And we want these trails to be here for the next 150 years.”

“After the celebrations are over and the last piece of cake is eaten, the last
 balloon popped, wouldn’t it be amazing to reflect on Canada’s 150th and know that we have built an endowment fund that will ensure a robust system of trails in perpetuity,” said Cindy Derkaz, trail alliance director. “I can’t think of any better birthday gift for the community.”

Those interested can send a cheque to Shuswap Community Foundation (note it is for the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund), to SCF at Box # 624, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N7. Or, donate online. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20.

"Receiving support for future trail maintenance efforts through this legacy fund will be a game changer for the community," said Phil McIntyre-Paul, the alliance's executive director.

The alliance said all contributions, small or large, are gratefully received.  Those who contribute $1,000 or more to the legacy fund in 2017 will become a Canada 150 Trailblazer.


Up to no good

Salmon Arm RCMP are hoping to locate a car believed stolen from Alberta and the two men who were in it, after a report from an alert security guard who spotted the two at the fairgrounds overnight.

When the security guard approached the two men and asked what they were doing, one fled over a fence and the other claimed to be looking for a friend. The two were described as Caucasian and African American, police said.

As the guard called the RCMP, the males left the immediate area but not before the plate on the vehicle was obtained.

“The vehicle plate was an Alberta licence plate, ZRA 800, and matched the vehicle it was on – a black 2007 Volkswagen GTI,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West in a press release. “A check of the plate revealed that it and possibly the vehicle were stolen from Calgary.”

In this case, the males left that quickly they failed to retrieve a duffel bag containing a drill and a wrench.

“The security guard had seen the vehicle near a couple of other businesses during his rounds and the Salmon Arm RCMP have no doubt that the duo were up to no good and probably attempting to break into businesses.”

Although RCMP officers conducted extensive patrols, the vehicle was not located.

West said: “If any member of the public were to locate the vehicle please call 911 and report the location to police. Do not try to approach the occupants or stop the vehicle.”

Vehicle drops 50 feet

A 44-year-old Salmon Arm woman is lucky to be alive after a crash early Wednesday morning, when her vehicle went off Highway 1 and plunged over a 50-foot embankment.

Officers responded to the single vehicle crash in Tappen today about 4:30 a.m.

“At that location they located a female driver and sole occupant associated to a vehicle that was over a 50 foot embankment,” said Staff. Sgt. Scott West, head of the Salmon Arm detachment. “The vehicle had left the highway and rolled a number of times before coming to rest at the bottom of the embankment.”

The driver told police she had overcorrected while driving and lost control of the vehicle sending it off the road.

“Thankfully the driver suffered injuries that were relatively minor and was transported to hospital by ambulance to be checked out,” West said.

Nabbed after standoff

An RCMP emergency response team was called to Salmon Arm Sunday to deal with a two-hour standoff that ended when police officers stormed a residence and captured a suspect.

Police learned that a 30-year-old man from the Lower Mainland , who was wanted on Canada-wide warrants, was hiding out in Salmon Arm.

The warrants were connected to an investigation in Langley and included six firearms charges, uttering threats, assault, unlawfully in a dwelling, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of stolen mail.

“Due to the threat to public and police safety the South East District emergency response team was called in to arrest the male who was known to be at a residence in the 1400 block of 16th Street NE,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West in a press release. “After over two hours of attempting to contact the male in the residence by a trained negotiator failed, the South East District Emergency Response Team entered the residence and the subject male was taken into custody.”

West said a motorcycle stolen from Penticton was recovered at the residence.

The man was in custody at the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment awaiting a court appearance.

Highway open after crash

UPDATE: 6 a.m.

The highway was fully reopened east of Canoe just after 10 p.m., DriveBC reports.

ORIGINAL: 9:35 p.m.

Highway 1 has now been partially reopened to alternating, single-lane traffic. 

ORIGINAL: 9:15 p.m.

A vehicle crash has closed Highway 1 in both directions, east of Salmon Arm, Wednesday night. 

The crash occurred about seven kilometres east of Canoe, just before 9 p.m.

While Highway 1 is closed, Highway 97A, through Grindrod, can be used as a detour. 

The nature of the crash or the condition of those involved is unknown at this time. 

DriveBC has no estimate as to when the highway may be reopened. 

Remains found in slide

UPDATE JUNE 1, 2 p.m.

Salmon Arm RCMP say the remains of Roy Sharp have been found.

In a brief statement, police in Salmon Arm said;

"Salmon Arm RCMP assisted by crews from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Ministry of Transportation and a private local excavation contractor were able to locate and recover the remains of missing person Roy Sharp from the mudslide debris area."

His remains were discovered Wednesday.

Sharp went missing when a mudslide flowed over his property May 5.

Original Story May 31, 8 a.m.

Salmon Arm RCMP are continuing their search for a man believed to have been caught up in the Robinson Creek mud slide earlier this month.

Police suspect Roy Sharp perished in the slide, which flowed over his property on the night of May 5.

Police, with the help of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Ministry of Transportation and Blackburn Excavation are continuing to work on the slide area.

"To date, a substantial amount of excavation work has been undertaken, and we are hopeful the efforts will result in our locating his remains," said RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West.

The slide destroyed two homes and forced the closure of Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road for about nine days.

Fuel from crashes contained

Despite two major accidents, there appears to be no environmental damage to local waterways.

On May 15, a tug sank near Cape Horn - northwest of the Cinnemousun Narrows on the main arm of Shuswap Lake.

The tug was raised May 18, and officials say very little diesel fuel spilled into the lake.

Ministry of Environment has informed Interior Health only a small amount of diesel fuel leaked from the tug and that any diesel that had leaked was contained within protective booms installed at the site. Based on this assessment, Interior Health is confident that there is no longer a potential risk to water users in the area and the water advisory has been lifted.

On May 16, a tanker truck crashed in the 1400 block of Mabel Lake Road about six kilometres east of Ashton Creek.

The fully loaded tanker truck flipped over as a result of the accident and there were concerns gas and diesel could spill into the Shuswap River.

The tanker was removed from the site Thursday.

Ministry of Environment and environmental consultants on scene informed Interior Health no fuel has reached the river, and diesel and gasoline that spilled was captured and contained within the protective booms put in place following the accident. 

Based on this assessment, Interior Health is confident that there is no longer a potential risk to water users downstream.

Diesel spills from tug

Interior Health is warning residents on Shuswap Lake to be cautious with their water after a logging tug boat spilled diesel fuel Monday. 

The boat sank near Cape Horn, northwest of the Cinnemousun Narrows on the main arm of Shuswap Lake, Monday afternoon. 

A "small amount" of fuel is visible on the surface of the lake, according to IH. 

While the boat contained 4,000 litres of fuel, IH believes only a fraction of that has entered the lake.

"Crews are currently on scene with divers working to contain and remove the tug before any further fuel can spill," said Karl Hardt, IH communications consultant.

IH is warning residents on the western arm of the lake to check for the odour or taste of fuel in their water. 

"This means no drinking, showering/bathing or brushing teeth if a fuel odour is detected," Hardt said. "Diesel fuel can pose a health risk following ingestion, inhalation or skin absorption."

The warning comes after 4,000 litres of gasoline and 12,500 litres of diesel spilled into a flooded field adjacent to the Shuswap River when a tractor trailer hauling fuel left the road.

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