Crews will be working on sandbag and debris removal until the end of August. Submitted photo

Flood cleanup to take till end of August

Regional District crews have removed about 43,000 sandbags

Sandbag and flood debris removal work will continue through to the end of August.

So far crews have removed about 43,000 sandbags, close to half of the total registered for pickup.

“It is a challenging undertaking, with crews working very hard in sometimes difficult conditions,” Justin Shuttleworth, parks coordinator for the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, said in a press release.

“The smoke, the temperature, and access challenges have made the progress a bit slower than originally anticipated. Therefore, we have altered the schedule to better reflect the reality.”

The amended schedule for sand, sandbag and debris removal:

– Naramata: August 4 to 8 (an additional week added)

– Rural Summerland: August 17 to 25

– Red Wing: August 25 to 31

The RDOS is reminding residents that stockpiled sand remaining in neighbourhoods is free to take. It is an offence to dump sand in or on the shore of the lake or any other water bodies.