It’s going to be a day on the lake that will be a test for the flood protection measures. The weather office is calling for steady wind all day with gusts around 60K. The emergency centre says there’s the potential for waves that could lead to flooding and erosion along waterfront properties, particularly in areas with southerly shorelines exposed to the wind. There was a 19 millimetre drop in the level of Okanagan Lake according to the latest measurement. It was pegged at 343.218 metres above sea level. That’s down just over 3 centimetres from its peak last Friday.
It’s not clear what options are going to be available for getting rid of sandbags once the flood threat is over… which it obviously isn’t. The province says residents should check with their local governments for information on the proper disposal as bags that have been in contact with floodwaters may have been exposed to contaminants. People are advised to take safety precautions like wearing gloves and boots while handling sandbags.
23 firefighters and 2 investigators started the day yesterday at the Blue Grouse Mountain wildfire site along Westside Road. No air support was needed as crews were able to keep it in ‘hold’ status. By the end of the day there were just 3 firefighters and the investigators. There has been no official cause released yet but it is known that campers were in the area and they had a fire going.
A reminder that starting at noon, all Category 2 and 3 open fires must extinguished and the ban will remain in effect until October 15. That is for all of the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the Central Okanagan and is to help prevent human-caused wildfires. At this point campfires that are up to a half-metre high by a half-metre wide and cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes are still okay.
Vernon is reminding residents about the use of drones after a recent incident but it’s a good reminder for anyone who fly them. A pilot flying out of the Vernon Airport reported a near miss with a drone. Transport Canada says they can’t be flown closer than nine kilometres to anywhere that aircraft take off or land and no more than 90 metres above ground. If caught, offenders face fines of up to 3-thousand dollars.
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As the search continues for the light plane that went missing between Cranbrook and Kamloops a week ago, some volunteer searchers are assisting using their own aircraft. The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association has had some of its members assisting the military looking for any sign of the plane and its two occupants. CASARA says each aircraft has a pilot, navigator and spotter.
bc211.ca and United Ways across BC have expanded the online help service so that people can get the support they need when they need it. It’s an up-to-date gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and government services. The bc211.ca directory database includes over 12,000 current entries that help people with things like employment support, mental health and addiction services and housing and homelessness.
As U-S lawmakers condemned the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia that injured 5 and saw the gunman killed, another deadly shooting was underway on the west coast. A UPS driver opened fire at a company facility in San Francisco, killing 3 co-workers before turning the gun on himself.
Could be blustery for day one of the Mackenzie Tour Golf BC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon. 156 pros and amateurs are set to tee off at 730 and 1230 vying for $31,00 for the winner and a total purse of 175-grand. Championship Passes for all 4 days are $25. Day Passes will be available at the gate for $15. And don’t forget that some of the proceeds will go toward local Red Cross flood relief.
Three of the Black Mountain Golf staff will be playing as many holes as they can today to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC. Tyrell Griffith, Greg Forbes & Russ Latimer are participating in the 12th Annual PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS. If you’d like to support them go to golfathonforals.com
There is another little tournament that begins today. It’s called the U.S. Open and is being held this year at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion.
Baseball last night in Toronto, the Jays hung on to beat Tampa Bay 7-6. Toronto is off today before a home weekend series with the White Sox starting tomorrow.
Longtime CFL coach Don Matthews has died at 77. He revealed a few years ago that he had cancer. During his career, Matthews led 10 teams to Grey Cup Championships.
Two CFL preseason games tonight. Ottawa is in Montreal with the game on TSN2 at 430, then at 530 Winnipeg hosts Edmonton.