No new evacuations or alerts to report this morning as water levels remain stable or even recede in some creeks. However as of last night about 400 people remain out of their homes on evacuation order. The Emergency Operations Centre reminds those living near water to watch for sudden changes in stream flow, volume and dirty water. http://cordemergency.ca
Even as more West Kelowna residents were put on a water advisory on the weekend, the city opened its free bulk water facility to Peachland residents. One thousand customers in West Kelowna Estates joined others already under advisory on the west side due to lake turbidity. The bulk water station is at Shannon Lake and Asquith roads. And customers of the City of Kelowna water system are under a water advisory due to turbidity in the lake from the runoff. People are advised to boil water for at least one minute and businesses are required to post signs about the advisory at sink and tap locations.
The Ashcroft RCMP and local SAR volunteers have suspended search efforts for missing Cache Creek Fire Chief Clayton Cassidy. He hasn’t been seen since he went to monitor conditions along Cache Creek on May 5th. Once water levels recede, searchers may have better chances at locating Cassidy and making a recovery.
There will be 2 official recounts in the wake of last week’s provincial election. One will be in Courtenay/Comox where the NDP won by 9 votes, the other will be in Vancouver-False Creek where the Liberals won by 560 votes. The recounts will be done May 22-24 when the absentee ballots are counted.
Drivers can expect delays on Ellis Street at Doyle Avenue due to water main upgrades this week. The southbound lane on Ellis Street between Cawston Avenue and Doyle Avenue will be closed to local traffic only. This is part of the improvements to Water Street and Doyle Avenue.
In the wake of Beer Fest on the weekend, this seemed appropriate. After running a number of tests on more than 400 willing subjects, a professor at the University of Greenwich in England, came to the astounding conclusion that alcohol is a very effective painkiller. He found the higher the blood alcohol level – up to point 11 – the better the relief from pain. Where do you sign up for these ‘studies’!
The preliminaries are scheduled to get underway this week at the Kelowna Courts for the trial of three men accused of gunning down Red Scorpion gang member Jonathan Bacon 6 years ago. The defense for Michael Jones, Jason McBride and Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun is expected to ask that the charges be dismissed due to the length of time it has taken. The trial itself is slated to begin May 24th.
An 18 year old man from Hamilton will be back in Kelowna court in July facing a number of drug-related charges. He can’t be named as he hasn’t been charged. RCMP nabbed him in a Rutland parking lot and found cocaine, cash and a lot of cell phones.
NHL conference finals, Nashville and Anaheim are tied at one win each after the Ducks beat the Preds 5-3. The next game is tomorrow in Nashville.
Ottawa leads Pittsburgh going into tonight’s second game.
At the PGA’s Players Championship, 21 year old Si Woo Kim from South Korea was the winner, shooting 10 under.
In the majors in Toronto, the Jays have won 5 in a row after beating the Mariners 3-2 yesterday to sweep their weekend series.