Archives for April 2018
Over the last week the Osoyoos RCMP received multiple reports of phone and computer scams. One scam which has become common during tax season centers around the victim being told they have a debt owed to a government agency and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The victims are often asked for personal information and provided avenues of how to pay the debt to have the warrant vacated. The caller/fraudster often becomes threatening or uses coercive language. People are reminded to not provide any personal information and to not send money to these fraudsters. If in doubt, call the police or the government agency directly.
A second scam that has resurfaced this week involves a phone call to a person advising them their loved one has been arrested and in order for them to be released, bail in a given amount must be paid. The caller/fraudster may ask for personal information including banking information or advise the person to go to the bank and make a deposit to an account. The caller/fraudster often becomes threatening or uses coercive language. In one recent call the fraudster used a phone spoofing app and called a victim making it appear the call was from their relative’s phone, making the scam even more believable. People are reminded that bail can be paid at your local court house and in most cases your local police station. Again, if in doubt, call the police detachment directly for where the loved one is said to be held.
Bicycle Pedestrian Safety
With the warmer weather now upon us the Osoyoos RCMP would like to remind driver’s to watch for pedestrians or persons on bicycles, scooters, etc. As well, those on bicycles or scooters are reminded to adhere to the safety rules of the road. Dismount and walk your bicycle or scooter across a crosswalk, make eye contact with the vehicle driver before crossing, wear a helmet, have a bell and at night ensure you wear reflective clothing and have lights to make it easier for drivers to see you. Parents are encouraged to speak to their children about ways to stay safe while riding a bicycle or scooter.
51 Year Old Male Charged with Break and Enter
In late March and early April the Osoyoos RCMP responded to a rash of break and enters and thefts from recreational trailers/motorhomes on Lakeshore Drive, Osoyoos. On April 7, 2018 51 year old Scott Andrew PAQUETTE was arrested after he was found to be unlawfully in a recreational trailer on Lakeshore Drive. PAQUETTE attended court on April 23, 2018 where he was convicted of Break and Enter and sentenced to 120 days jail followed by 18 months of probation.
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Ed Machial was working on the tiger dams at Willowbrook. When he came home to Sawmill Rd he found a hose had been cut by vandals. That hose was draining excess water on his property into Okanagan River. The hose was covered so bikes and walkers could ride over it. He had permission from the government to pump to the river in this time of high ground water levels.
The 6:30 RDOS information meeting this evening was an emotional event as some of the Area C residents affected by recent flooding shared their frustration with the audience in the Community Center.
270 plus residents attended the meeting and before the spokespeople for Provincial Ministries, Area ‘C’ Director Terry Schafer and Bill Newell CAO of RDOS could finish their overview of the situation, members of the audience were interrupting and demanding explanations of why the water flows had not been anticipated based on past local history.
The Province attempted to explain how the flooding was being dealt with, but the focus quickly changed to “why was this allowed to happen in the first place?”
Above average snow packs and rain have certainly played a significant role in the disasters but, Beavers are also a real problem with their dam building activities. One resident stated that there are 22 Beaver dams in the flood areas which have caused significant back up of water.
Another angry resident stated that he had destroyed Beaver dams on his property only to be confronted by law enforcement officials who told him he was violating Provincial laws. However it appears residents can legally shoot Beavers on their property provided they do it in a humane manner and do not leave the animal suffering. (This could lead to a Charge of ‘Illegal discharge of a firearm’ so residents need to be sure of their rights in this regard).
The most consistent complaint was lack of foresight, lack of communication and a somewhat flippant attitude on the part of a couple of Ministry employees.
It is difficult to report all the comments made and to be fair there were some residents who defended efforts being made and suggested their neighbors should trust the Ministries to do their job. This support drew rounds of applause, but the prevailing theme was too-little-to-late as was evidenced by one resident who broke into tears and could not speak.
CAO Bill Newell explained that the RDOS did declare a Local State of Emergency but the RDOS has very little financial leeway under Provincial Statute therefore the RDOS cannot arbitrarily move money from one account to another.
After listening to one very angry resident state he is “disgusted with the way this flooding is being handled”; he stated his children were suffering extreme anxiety due to water flood in their house. He further stated that “he wanted answers to his questions and challenged the Ministries and the RDOS to do a much better job of communicating actions and progress
by Pat Hampson
Gary and Lloyd Cook
Jim and Shelley Stewart
Jeanie and Dennis Tomlin
Gail and Ken Blidook
Rose and Stan Marshall
and the people of Rural Area C
Chief Lanz and his volunteers
and the people of Willowbrook
Chief Graham and his large crew
Janie and John Hood
Linda and Ken Nunweiler
Karen and Ryan Skaros
Paul Johnson and Gail Bariskill
RDOS ECO staff for answering some tough questions
Source: Environment Canada
A ridge of high pressure is building across British Columbia, ushering in the first prolonged warmer weather period of the freshet season. Temperatures are expected to gradual rise through Friday, with temperatures expected to reach in the low to high 20’s throughout most of the BC Interior. Snow packs observations at automated snow weather stations across the province have been experiencing snow accumulation up until the past few days, and at higher elevations (above approximately 1500-1600m), much of the forecasted heat will translate into ripening the snow pack. At low-to-mid elevations (approximately 900-1500m) snow packs have ripened, and are now experiencing snowmelt. With warming over the next few days, the melt of these low-to-mid elevation areas is expected to accelerate. Current weather forecasts are indicating the potential for an upper low system to transition to wetter weather, particularly for south-east BC. While it is still too early in the snow melt season for significant flows in the larger river systems of the province, smaller streams and tributaries that are fed by low-to-mid elevation terrain are at the greatest risk of high flows over the next several days.
These areas include:
Okanagan – including tributaries in the Oliver, Osoyoos, Summerland, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and surrounding areas
Similkameen – including the Tulameen and tributaries
Boundary – including the West Kettle River, Kettle River, Granby River and surrounding tributaries
Source: BC River Forecast Centre
Meeting called by RDOS on the subject of flooding dangers in the Park Rill Creek Basin (Willowbrook to Okanagan River)
6:30 pm in one third hall plus more seats. Chaired by Director Terry Schafer with introduction of the subject by Bill Newell, CAO Regional District Okanagan Similkameen.
Panels include RDOS staff and provincial department spokespeople for Ministry of Transport (MOTI) and Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO)
Concerns to be expressed: Proactive response or reactive thinking? Some people evacuated – when can we go home? – 85 percent of the people in the room not under an evacuation order but hoping they won’t be. What are the measures being taken to ‘mitigate’ the situation?
ODN’s Pat Hampson will file a full report at the conclusion of all the discussion.
Gabion Walls installed – but not filled with rock and gravel
New Culverts – cut and cover installed on Hwy 97
Roadway open to two way traffic.
Water flow still high on Sportsman’s Bowl Rd.
The plan to divert water into all culverts and possibly use “tiger dams” to direct water to west arm of river (oxbows) – ultimately all of that water must flow through residential areas before exiting at the river 2 miles to the south of Highway 97.
A gabion wall is a retaining wall made of stacked stone-filled gabions tied together with wire. Gabion walls are usually battered (angled back towards the slope), or stepped back with the slope, rather than stacked vertically. … Galvanized steel wire is most common, but PVC-coated and stainless steel wire are also used.
Below of Town of ‘Oliver Gabion Wall’ on Okanagan Avenue below the Gala Park
This type of structures along with tiger dams will be utilized to control water at Sportsman’s Bowl Rd. Newer and larger culverts being installed to flow into oxbows and drain to the river.
Time to clean the culverts, change out the culverts, let the creek flow from top to bottom
The installation of two pumps at lower Island Way Road have increased the amount of water that can be emptied directly into the Okanagan River channel. Since the pumps began operating at 9 am this morning, water levels in the Park Rill Creek oxbows have started dropping approximately 2 cm every hour. The installation of the pumps is part of a larger plan to direct the water from the Sportsmens Bowl area along the Sportsmens Bowl Road, underneath Hwy 97 and into the oxbows where it can be pumped into the Okanagan River channel. The Regional District is working on plans to reduce restrictions in the creek to further increase the flow of water to the channel.
AREA C FLOODING & PARK RILL CREEK WATERSHED PUBLIC INFORMATION EVENT
The Regional District, Emergency Operations Centre, along with representatives from the Province and other organizations, will be hosting an informational meeting regarding the flooding and Park Rill Creek watershed on Wednesday, April 25th at 6:30pm at the Oliver Community Centre.
This event is open to the public and media:
Flooding & Park Rill Creek Watershed Public Information Meeting
Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
Location: Oliver Community Centre
6359 Park Drive, Oliver
Residents can expect to receive updates on the flooding, information on the protection plan for Park Rill Creek watershed, information on the different support agencies such as Emergency Social Services (ESS), and Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) as well as information from other agencies.
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Shots from east side of river showing two large de-watering units surrounding the 1 existing culvert from Park Rill Creek Basin to the river.
Method of dewatering – likely pumping not boring holes.
If you have knowledge on this type of equipment let me know. Make a comment.
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Updated: Traffic diverted – Hwy 97 closed – Park Rill Rd-Island Rd-Hwy at River Rd crossing
ODN told to “hey man – get the hell of here”
Drive BC not saying anything
MOTI not saying anything
RDOS not saying anything (Some confirmation by local RDOS directors at 10:30 am
*** One report – RCMP assisting homeowners – caught by surprise with blocked roads and not being able to go home. Officers took convoys of cars from the Oliver Legion through the blockades – so that other traffic prevented from entering a work zone.
Above water pool east of Hwy and culverts ready to be installed
Pictures below indicate no breach of the road at Sportsman’s Bowl Rd.
Pictures indicate equipment preparing to install new culvert(s) across highway.
All pictures taken Tuesday at 7:30 am
Culvert projects completed at Rd 8-9 and Rd 5. Work can be completed in 1 or 2 days. (Leave existing culvert to drain. Cut pavement north of existing and install two large culverts. Cover.)
The problem that I see is what happens to the water flowing into the new culverts. Can it be directed back to the original creek bed?
Below from the ODN – ‘eagle’ in the sky
This photo is from Osprey Lake & Area Community Group
Source: Jennifer Bernard via Skylar Noe-Vack
On April 16th, 2018 at 1:08 a.m. Penticton RCMP responded to a single vehicle accident on Summerland-Princeton Road, one km west of Mountain View Road, Faulder BC. Heavy rains had caused a large portion of the road to wash away. The wash out was 20 feet wide, and approximately 20 feet deep with the side’s washed away at a 90 degree angle. The wash out was the entire width of the road.
A vehicle travelling west on Summerland-Princeton Road and the driver did not see the wash out. The 2006 Chev Malibu went straight over the side of the wash out and slammed into the top of the opposite wall before falling to the bottom. The driver and her passenger, were able to walk out and call 911. Both were transported to Penticton Regional Hospital by BC Ambulance.
The car remained in the bottom of the wash out while ARGO Road Maintenance awaited engineers to assess the safety of the road. Summerland-Princeton Road was to be closed for multiple days. ARGO Road Maintenance remained on scene.
From: Rick Knodel
I would very much like to thank the forestry workers who are providing a much needed boost to the hands needed. The local volunteers were rapidly getting worn down both physically and financially from loss of work time. Many thanks to them and the people who pushed to create the political will that finally made this happen. There are monumental tasks yet to come and they are much appreciated.
I was listening to the announcement of the meeting of the minds from the various ministries and local bureaucrats to decide on mitigation procedures. The one group that was glaringly absent from this think tank was input from the various locals who would have direct knowledge and experience of the area, topographical issues, historical events and engineering deficiencies that have all added to this crisis.
Just a few names of people who have intimate knowledge of these things, Gordon Kirby (Roads 9 and 6), Gail Blidook (Island Road and area) and Geoff Neily (Myers Flats, White Lake basin) . These are the first that come to mind.
I am sure Director Schafer could add a few more if asked.
We have all seen the attitude from upper bureaucrats; we got it- ‘just stay out of our way we are handling it, there are things you the people (peasants) just don’t understand’.
How’s that working out so far; kind of how we got here in the first place, wasn’t it.
Now that we have some of the brightest minds available would it not be a good idea to let them ask question of those at the epicenter of this event . I have always been told that is how you learn things. You never know they just might find out something important. A little common sense might be better late than never.
But then again there are things I just don’t understand.
Oliver’s Special Olympic team presented themselves to council Monday – they are off soon to the summer games in the Maritimes.
The five pin bowling team took first place (2016) in a regional competition and the next year came first provincially earning a seat on the plane to the Nationals. Bowlers Bob Brimacombe, Wayne Bierbaum, Kaitlyn Nemeth are from Oliver – two other team mates Jessica Lehtonen and Ashleigh Cummings are from Keremeos.
2 swimmers on the BC team – Kyle Sanderson and Tolan Lloyd-Walters. The July games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Top picture – Mayor Ron Hovanes presents gift and pins to the Oliver based team to take to the games.
A no smoking bylaw for Oliver and a retail cannabis sale bylaw being discussed at a committee meeting today.
No smoking bylaw – staff directed to re-think some of the provisions in a proposed bylaw. Council concerns included:
Vehicles mentioned in the bylaw – that should be clarified
Special Events – a smoking area can be allowed
What about bars that have smoking areas outside an establishment
Regulations for tobacco cigs should be the same as for marijuana cigs
The phrase “responsible person” mentioned in the bylaw for public events needs to be looked at
Fines have not been discussed yet.
Who will be responsible for enforcement
The bylaw will come back to a regular council meeting in the coming months once tuned a bit.
Retail Cannabis Sales
Difficult for a municipalities to make rules or zoning changing when the province has not designed their standards and the federal government has not set a realistic time period to making the use of cannabis LEGAL. Town Planner Chris Garrish said he was seeking some direction on a zoning bylaw change. He recommended that retail outlets only be allowed in two zones: TC Town Centre and C2 – Commercial
Council agreed with the two zones be designated by many other issues have surfaced but Oliver will await provincial direction.
Next time a Emergency Reception Centre is needed in Oliver it will be located at this building – the south side of the building is available. The north side is the office of MLA Linda Larson.
Shirley Murray is the owner of the building and offered it up for use for the duration of “spring crisis” at no cost.
Jones Way closed to traffic
Bladder Bag Closed Culvert contains all the water from the creek – it’s about 1/8 of a mile in length crossing Jones Way.
At the end of the “Way” sand bags are preventing spread of water to the east and more homes.
Tiger Dams: to protect our environment with no environmental damage. Tiger Dams are water filled bladder technology, when deployed properly, this system may be able to divert up to 100% of floodwaters.
The doors to the David E. Kampe Tower at the Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH) will open one year from this Sunday, improving access to health services in Penticton and the South Okanagan. The tower is on track for its official opening on April 29, 2019.
Construction of the David E. Kampe Tower is Phase 1 of a $312.46 million project that will enhance care for patients at the hospital with a new ambulatory care centre, five new operating rooms, 84 new single patient rooms, a rooftop helipad and space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine program to expand.
Photo by Terry Schafer
Residents west of this “hole” cannot use vehicles to get out – Fire Department needed to “ferry” them out.
Below is Secrest Hill Rd where a crack in the pavement at the culverts is being monitored for “spread” – Tape on the centre line will indicate more instability of sub pavement soil and gravel.
One report says the water level north of Secrest Hill Rd is down 12 feet
At Willowbrook – Forestry crews now sand bagging on ‘Jones Way’ where Park Rill upper stream is jumping its man-made culvert and flowing eastward towards properties in the subdivision. Dredging the culvert might be better than sand-bagging.
At Island Way – crews are trying to clear the log jam near the river where Park Rill enters Okanagan River. CORRECTION – Gary and Lloyd Cook gave ODN a tour of the area near the river but still their property which is inundated with all that water. Lots of sandbagging going on this morning. The Cook’s indicated that no one is helping them with mitigation.
On Nk’Mip Road all appears okay at the “old church” bridge crossing. The amount of silt and erosion of the creek bed of some concern to authorities on Friday.
“Engineers for the RDOS and the Province of BC have been continuously assessing the area and deployed crews are attempting to divert water flows back into the existing creeks and reinforcing the area with sandbags. Freshet is increasing the water flow volumes, putting additional pressures on that area and downstream properties. Today, a strategic planning discussion took place with all agencies to develop strategies for each inundation area. These strategies and mitigation efforts will be bolstered by increased funding support through Emergency Management BC. In the coming days, expect to see more equipment, armouring protection and crews on site to undertake drainage and flooding mitigation. These works will take place from the Okanagan River River channel, over Island Way Rd., and up into and including Sportsmen Bowl.”
Source: RDOS EO Centre
Living with Tinnitus and Meniere’s Disease
Definition of Tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus) is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder
When I was a young teenager I began experiencing a loud rushing noise in my right ear that was intermittent but annoying. I had developed tinnutis. Since the loss of my eardrum when I was four, I also suffered from Meniere’s Disease..vertigo that would suddenly occur with extreme dizziness and nausea. At least for the Meniere’s I have medication that takes a few hours to work but will stop the dizziness fairly quickly.
My tinnitus was subjective….only I could hear it and often I would beg my Mom to listen to see if she could hear it but no one but myself can hear it.
I spent a good deal of time dealing with a whole group of Doctors at the Children’s Hospital and it was determined that my tinnitus was the result of having the measles and the rupturing of my ear drum. The measles had caused inner ear cell damage that was irreparable. Another factor that the Doctors took into consideration was an accident just prior to my getting the measles when I received a serious head injury that tore open my face from just above and in front of my ear to behind it. I still have the scar from that accident. I had been sitting behind a car picking up rocks in a driveway for a neighbour. He forgot I was there and back up. I was caught up by the tail pipe which tore open the skin.
For the tinnitus, several things were tried but nothing took away the rushing sound that soon became constant. It interfered with my hearing and has made me anxious and frustrated as it is always there. About ten years later I developed a second sound that was more like a hum and was low pitched. So now I have one high pitched rushing sound and a low pitched hum that I live with day in and day out.
For those of you with perfect hearing and no signs of either of the above diseases, please feel blessed that you do not have to live with these terrible afflictions. And please be respectful of someone that does suffer from them. I usually tell people what my problem is and ask that they look at me when speaking; remove their hands from their mouths and speak slightly louder than normal.
There have been too many times to count when I was subjected to people becoming annoyed that they had to repeat themselves. I became a disinterested student for a while as I felt defeated and very alone with my problem but now in my senior years, I have become aware of many people with the same problem. I don’t wish these two afflictions on anyone. Tinnitus and Meniere’s are horrible to live with. As I sit and write this account, I am accompanied by my rushing and humming companions
Source: Environment Canada
Freshet Looms Large
Annual snowmelt is beginning throughout the region. When temperatures rise above 20 degrees and it remains warm for a few days, ‘freshet’ or spring snowmelt starts. Above average snow packs indicate that spring runoff could be vigorous and may last well into June. Freshet can become a problem when winter snow packs melt rapidly, overwhelming stream channels and creating floods. Spring freshet can also destabilize soil and rock, causing mudslides, landslides and rock slides; which are unpredictable. Several low lying areas in the region went into the fall and winter with high levels of ground water saturation which has affected overland ground water movement this spring, and may have contributed to some of the localized slides and debris flows. Property owners have a window of dry, sunny weather for the next few days to prepare. This is the opportunity for those living in vulnerable areas, on or near floodplains, or those who have experienced spring flooding in the past to be ready.
Source: RDOS – EO Centre