ESS centre winding down

Penticton's Emergency Social Services reception centre remains open, but is slowly winding down operations as many wildfire evacuees return home to the Cariboo and Thompson-Nicola regions

ESS director Bonny Billups said some people are still using their services.

"We are absolutely happy to be here providing support to people in need," she said.

Since opening a few weeks ago at the Penticton Community Centre, about 450 people have registered.

Among the services provided are billeting and food to those those that can't go home. Support is also available for children, who come with their parents, and pets. The majority of evacuees came from the Cariboo.

Hours of operation are now being reduced, as of Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Billup said they will be open during those hours until the long weekend, when they will close and open up again if there is a need.

Evacuees are being advised to be  prepared to have to leave again once they get home and to have emergency bags ready.

There is also an information notice on the door telling people about the “Resiliency Centre” in Williams Lake. It can be reached at 250-305-0226.

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