Date: Friday, August 29, 2003
Time: 11:00 a.m.
PUBLIC INFO LINE: 869-0386
PRC RECEPTION CENTRE: 762-8646
RED CROSS INFO LINE RE EVACUEES: 1-888-350-6070
PROVINCIAL INFO LINE: 1-800-311-7044
MORE RESIDENTS RETURN HOME TODAY
Residents in the Kettle Valley, Curlew and the southern parts of the Uplands communities will be returning home today. The areas open to residents only at 12 noon, and proof of residency will be required at the RCMP road checks. Full public access begins at 4:00 p.m.
Residents are advised that all utility services are safe, however not all residents can be guaranteed access to electrical power, telephone and natural gas. The utility companies are working to restore service to all areas as quickly as possible, however some residents may not be fully connected until Monday September 1st.
With this return of 2,
750 residents today, approximately 300 residents remain on Evacuation Order.
Services in the South Lakeshore, Rimrock, Timberline and Swick Road areas will be re-evaluated later today and a decision will be announced tomorrow as to when the 230 people in this area may be able to return home. A return is anticipated either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the progress of utility crews.
The 70 people who live outside of the City boundary at the south end of June Springs Road will remain on Evacuation Order as long as the Okanagan Mountain Park fire threatens this area.