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Gellatly Rd finally reopens

After nearly three months, Gellatly Road is finally open again to traffic.

The portion of the road below Highway 97, between Witt and Boucherie roads, was closed May 5 after spring flooding of nearby Smith Creek eroded the slope next to the road.

The city was forced to make repairs to the road just north of where repairs were made three years ago, after similar flooding eroded the slope farther down Gellatly Road.

Construction to repair the flood-impacted Gellatly Walkway, adjacent to Gellatly Road on the waterfront, is expected to be complete at the end of August.

Motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic during construction.





Five homes can return

Residents of five properties in the Killiney Beach area were allowed home on Tuesday after an evacuation order was rescinded in the wake of recent flooding.

The following addresses, located in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area area, are no longer under evacuation:

    •    9415 Hodges Road
    •    9425 Hodges Road
    •    9435 Hodges Road
    •    9445 Hodges Road
    •    9467 Kilkenny Place

Meanwhile, parks crews in Lake Country have cleaned up flood damage and removed related protection measures at Pioneer Park and the greenspace on Kalamalka Lake in Oyama.



Rose Valley fire out

UPDATE: 7:05 p.m.

Neighbours were able to hose down the small grass fire that broke out at about 6 p.m. on Monday.

Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after and helped to fully extinguish the fire.

A person living near the house closest to the fire said this is the second time this month that the grass has caught fire.

There is no word on what caused the blaze at this time.


UPDATE: 6:35 p.m.

A fire in Rose Valley is now out.

It was a small grass fire behind 1905 Rosealee Lane.

The fire appears to have been in grass clippings or wild grass near the edge of the property.


UPDATE: 6:20 p.m.

Two fire engines are at the scene of a small grass fire off Rosealee Lane in West Kelowna.

Castanet newshound Dave Ogilvie says firefighters appear to have it under control.

The fire is on a steep hillside near some homes, and residents are hosing down the hillside to be safe.


ORIGINAL: 6: 10 p.m.

Firefighters are responding to a possible brush fire off Rosealee Lane, in the Rose Valley area of West Kelowna.

More details to come.

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Small fire dealt with

BC Wildfire crews were notified of a fire near Crystal Mountain Sunday night, and say it has since been declared out.

Fire crews were able to deal with the spot fire in the Jack Pine area right away.

The fire was measured at 0.01 hectares.

Its cause is unknown, but there are reports it may have been a campfire.

Fire information officer Justine Hunse said it is still appearing on the BC Wildfire Service live fire map, which is updated once daily.

The map shows the only other fire in the region is at Okanagan Centre, which is 75 per cent contained and is estimated at 50.3 hectares in size.

Open fires are restricted to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.



Daytime shooting targeted

A man was found with a gunshot wound to his leg Saturday afternoon in what police believe to be a targeted attack.

West Kelowna RCMP responded to shots fired near Old Okanagan Highway just before 2 p.m.

A 29-year-old Okanagan man had been shot once in the leg. He was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police say they are searching for two suspects.

The first is a Caucasian male with an athletic build, and short, dark-coloured hair. The second is a Caucasian female, five feet six inches tall and about 180 pounds, with brown hair.

The suspects fled the scene in an older model SUV.



A place for evacuees' pets

West Kelowna's Dr. Oz is extending the invite for evacuees' pets that need a place to stay.

Dr. Moshe Oz, of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital, said Monday he already is housing 10 dogs and several cats, "but we have lots more room."

"Anything people need. If people need help, we have medications, food, a place to keep their pets," he said.

Oz also said he can arrange connections for larger animals and livestock for those fleeing wildfires across the Southern Interior.

He said the clinic has rented additional space to handle the influx.

The clinic can be reached at 250-769-9109, on Facebook or Twitter.



West Kelowna teen gone

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing West Kelowna teen.

Jake Fehr, 17, was last seen on July 13, about midnight, at his Chieftain Road residence.

Fehr is described as a Caucasian male, five feet five inches tall, 130 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police and family are concerned for the teen's well being and ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.



Flying gazebo cuts power

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m.

A BC Hydro crew is at the scene of a power outage in West Kelowna and Peachland.

Hydro says 1,568 customers have been affected by the outage that started around noon on Sunday due to an object on the wires.

Homes and businesses affected are north of Beach Avenue, east of Highway 97C and west of Gellatly Road. 

The utility hopes to have power restored by 6 p.m.


ORIGINAL: 1:15 p.m.

Power is out between Peachland and West Kelowna.

A gazebo-type portable tent structure got picked up by high winds and blown into power lines near Elliott Road and Solar Road in West Kelowna.

Residents heard several explosions as the aluminum-framed structure hit the lines. It was left dangling from the lines, at least one of which was severed and hanging down.

Police and firefighters have closed the area. BC Hydro crews are on scene now.



Responding to shots fired

Emergency crews responded to a home on Old Okanagan Highway in West Kelowna Saturday afternoon, after receiving reports of shots fired in the area. 

Two police cars, an ambulance supervisor and a fire truck were parked on the street, near Quince Road. 

A witness at the scene said he saw an ambulance leave the area at 2:05 p.m. with its lights and sirens on.

Police have yet to provide any comment on the incident. 



Water advisories lifted

The City of West Kelowna has lifted water quality advisories in place since the rapid rise of Okanagan Lake in early May.

Advisories have been lifted for water users on the Pritchard, Sunnyside and West Kelowna Estates systems after tests indicated turbidity levels had returned to below 1.0 NTU.

Pritchard, Sunnyside and West Kelowna Estates water systems testing have indicated the turbidity level has returned to below 1.0 NTU.

Advisories, affecting approximately 2,150 water customers in areas including Pritchard Drive, Sunnyside Road, Rose Valley, and West Kelowna Estates were put in place in May due to increased turbidity in water drawn from Okanagan Lake following spring runoff and flooding activity.

These unfiltered systems are treated with chlorination only.

A water quality advisory for Westbank First Nation residents living on Indian Reserve No. 9 remains in effect.



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