Sewage line breaks Saturday along Vernon's Tronson Road

Sewage floods trailer park

UPDATE: 12:50 p.m.

"It's a nightmare, it's a horrific nightmare. If a nightmare had a smell, this is what it would be."

Sewage is flowing down Vernon's Tronson Road Saturday and ending up in the Sandy Beach trailer park, following a sewer line break near Scott Road.

A resident in the park, who asked to remain anonymous, said they first noticed the terrible smell earlier Saturday morning, before realizing where it was coming from.

"I was blaming my boyfriend, I was like 'What is that damn smell, what did you do?'" the resident said. "And then he looked out the window, he's a plumber, and he said this is the absolute worst case scenario.

"It's just dumping into the trailer park ... it's just coming down the hill,"

She said the sewage hasn't made it into Okanagan Lake at this time, and City of Vernon crews are on scene with a hydrovac truck, working to suck up the noxious liquid.

The messy situation comes after a tense night in Vernon, with a rapidly growing wildfire burning near Highway 97 through the night.

"The fire that was coming over the mountain last night, we could see it, so we packed bags to evacuate," the resident said. "Thank God it didn't make it over the ridge, but then we wake up this morning and we're like, 'Are you serious?'"

ORIGINAL: 12:20 p.m.

A sewer line has broken in Vernon Saturday morning.

The City of Vernon says Tronson Road is closed between Scott Road and Lakeshore Road, while traffic has been cut to single-alternating lanes on Lakeshore Road at Marshall Road due to a sewer force main break Saturday morning.

Additionally, homes between Scott Road and Kin Beach will be experiencing water interruptions throughout the day as city crews work to fix the break.

The city is asking residents along Tronson Road and in the Tavistock area to restrict their water usage throughout the day.

The repairs are expected to be completed by 9 p.m. Saturday.

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