Air scrubbers, environmental testing required after sewer backup at Vernon's Kal Tire Place

A flood and sewer backup left a big mess at Kal Tire Place in Vernon Sept. 3, 2016.
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VERNON - Vernon’s Kal Tire Place is down for the next several days as restoration crews clean up the mess of a sewer backup.

The backup happened when a water main broke in the area and caused major flooding, the city states in a media release. All the water quickly left sewer lines and the pump station over capacity. The break also affected water service for about 50 residences. 

While the upper floor of the arena is operational, a Vernon Vipers game was cancelled and all ice users have been moved to the Priest Valley Arena through Wednesday. Public skates and shinny hockey are cancelled until at least next week.

The city doesn’t have an estimate on the damages yet, but says roughly 930 square meters of tile flooring must be replaced, along with drywall below the 60 centimeter mark. No mechanical systems were damaged.

“Air scrubbers have eliminated any lingering odour. Environmental testing will be done throughout Kal Tire Place to ensure there is no bacteria left behind,” the city states.

The arena is expected to be open for the Vernon Vipers home opener on Saturday, Sept. 10.


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