The City is currently planning recovery operations, including collection of sand and sandbags that were used as temporary flood protection.
Residents of Vernon who are required to dispose of more than 400 sand bags from their properties can call City Operations at 250-549-6757 during regular business hours (Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.) to request assistance. City staff will review the request and if approved, City contractors will provide large collection bins to individual properties to assist with the removal process. Property owners are required to load the bins.
Due to the limitations of the number of bins available, collection will be completed in phases as follows:
- Phase 1: Properties within the City of Vernon adjacent to BX Creek – July 6 to August 6
- Phase 2: Properties within the City of Vernon adjacent to Vernon Creek – July 10 to August 10
- Phase 3: Properties on Lakeshore Drive – Timing to be announced
- Phase 4: Properties on Tronson Rd and Eastside Rd – Timing to be announced
In most instances, sand used for flood protection in Vernon can be treated as clean soil and be used as general fill, substitute aggregate in construction applications or blending into gardens. If it is at all possible that sandbags have come into contact with bacteria or chemicals and oils, personal usage is discouraged and residents should return the sand to the City.
Under no circumstances should sandbags be emptied on beaches or into any creeks, wetland, beaches or other watercourses as outlined in the Water Sustainability Act. The impact can destroy fish habitat and affect drinking water, infrastructure, flood control, navigation and recreational activities. Report violations to Natural Resource at 1 877-952-7277, (Option 2) toll-free or #7277 on a cellphone.