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Debris from Kingfisher landslide endangers boaters

Wood on Mara Lake
Image Credit: Regional District of North Okanagan
May 14, 2014 - 10:52 AM

SHUSWAP - Debris from the massive landslide east of Enderby has made its way into Mara Lake.

It’s been almost two weeks since a massive deluge of logs, mud and water washed out a portion of Mabel Lake Road and the bridge over Cook Creek.

Some of that debris flowed downstream into Mara Lake and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is putting out a warning.

“The deposit of tree limbs and slide debris into Mara Lake poses a potential hazard for boaters and lake users,” states a release from the district.

The Shuswap Emergency Program is stressing all lake users and boaters must be aware of the increase in debris hazards. Logs floating in the water have a low-profile and are very hard to see with a slight bit of chop. Boaters are urged to slow down and be aware of their surroundings especially during stormy weather.

In another water related issue, an evacuation order remains in effect for nine properties  near McIntyre Creek. Salmon Arm RCMP are enforcing the evacuation zone and have placed a log boom in the waters at a distance of 50 feet from the evacuation area to ensure the safety of the public by restricting access to the area.  Boaters are advised to keep clear and if traveling at night, to watch for the flashing warning lights indicating the location of the log boom.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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