Evacuations keep ESS directors hopping

Evacuations keep ESS directors hopping

Emergency Social Services directors Maureen Doerr (left) and Cynthia Murray were busy all night and this morning registering evacuees at the Oliver Legion Hall. (Photo by Lyonel Doherty)

A compromised road has prompted the regional district to order the evacuation of 33 properties in the Sportsmen’s Bowl area due to immediate danger to life safety.

The RCMP, Oliver Fire Department and regional district officials have coordinated the evacuation of residents on Sportsmen’s Bowl Road, Highway 97, Island Road and Test Orchard Road.

Area D director Terry Schafer said another section of Sportsmen’s Bowl Road has been compromised and needs repair.

An Emergency Social Services reception centre has been established at the Oliver Legion Hall.

Any affected residents staying with family or friends are asked to register as soon as possible by visiting the reception centre or calling the regional district at 250-490-4225.

Emergency Social Services directors Maureen Doerr and Cynthia Murray registered about 10 families from Sportsmen’s Bowl this morning, but the real work began last night during the registration of people evacuated from The Cottages in Osoyoos and residents on Nk’Mip Road. The order was made due to a potential landslide on Inkaneep Creek.

The Osoyoos Indian Band issued an evacuation order for 188 homes late Friday evening citing “immediate danger to life safety.”

“There’s a landslide that blocked the creek and last Sunday it let loose and a big mudslide came down and it might be blocked up at the end, we don’t know,” said Osoyoos Indian Band councillor Tony Baptiste.

The evacuation order currently includes all houses south of Water Dog Lake, 3143-2711 Nk’Mip Road, up to and including the Osoyoos Cottages properties and 2450 Radio Tower Road.

Doerr said they registered about 110 families at the Legion Hall last night and put them up in local motels and hotels.

“The hall was full, they (evacuees) were lined up out the door.”

Doerr said 12 people showed up at 12:30 a.m. but there were no motel rooms left, so the evacuees slept on chairs and in their cars.

“It was crazy . . . but everything went amazingly smooth,” she stated.

Doerr urged that all evacuees that haven’t done so should register at the reception centre in order to receive support.







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