A landslide damaged a logging road and a water system in Seymour Arm on July 3. (CSRD Image)

Seymour Arm landslide interrupts drinking water to 500 people

The July 3 slide damaged a water system and a logging road.

A landslide in Seymour Arm affected approximately 500 people when it damaged a water system and a well-used forest service road.

The Thursday, July 2 slide wiped out the water diversion structure on Bass Creek, which supplies water to 205 structures and other connections. The 1200 Forest Service Road, which is maintained by Canoe Forest Products, was also damaged.

According to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) recent rainfall contributed to the slide. Fast-flowing water and debris damaged an existing channel ripping a new path as it damaged the road. The regional district asked the public to stay away from the area of the slide as there is still water flowing and the ground may be unstable.

Read More: Police seek boat, trailer stolen from Salmon Arm property

Read More: Princeton RCMP arrest suspects in violent Salmon Arm home invasion

The Shuswap Emergency Program is awaiting a safety assessment of the area from Emergency Management BC before work on repairing the water system can begin. Canoe Forest Products is already working to repair the road.

According to the CSRD, Interior Health has already reached out to the owners of the damaged water system to ensure those affected have access to safe drinking water.

With high water levels and more rain in the forecast, the regional district urged caution, particularly for those with children and pets, around running water and flooded areas.

Read More: PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Read More: B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students



jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Emergency calls

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

EDITORIAL: Managing wildfires

Wildfires have the potential to cause significant damage within our province

Okanagan, Creston cherry and apple farms in need of workers

The worker shortage is due to the COVID-19 restrictions on international travel

‘It’s just my job’: Off-duty Peachland paramedic saves choking girl downtown Penticton

Family vacationing in Penticton assisted by off-duty paramedic, who helps save 13-year-old

Opening night lineup for online Roots & Blues festival released

The first night of the festival on Aug. 14 will be stacked with favourites from previous years

Evacuation alert for homes near Dry Lake fire rescinded

Fire status changed to Under Control, crews remain on site patrolling and extinguishing hot spots

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Tech mogul growing North Okanagan’s wine industry

The founder of online dating site Plenty of Fish is developing 900 acres in Vernon

Fentanyl-laced powder being sold as cocaine in Kamloops

Interior Health has released a warning about very strong fentanyl in Kamloops

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

North Okanagan ranch needs support to stay afloat

Founded in 1867, a fundraiser has been launched for the Historic O’Keefe Ranch

Video: Enraged man terrifies staff and customers at Shuswap restaurant

Video on Facebook shows the man hurling profanity at workers during the dinner rush on Aug. 7.

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Number of Kelowna-linked COVID-19 cases grows to 159

Interior Health reported four new cases region-wide on Friday, 18 remain active

Most Read