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Day two of no Canada Post deliveries in Okanagan due poor air quality

September 15, 2020 - 5:22 PM

Canada Post has suspended deliveries for the second day in a row to parts of the Okanagan thanks to the poor air quality, while in Kamloops deliver has been hit and miss.

Smoke drifting up from wildfires burning on the U.S. West Coast has caused Environment Canada to issue special weather statements again in the B.C. Interior today, Sept. 15. The smoky skies have persisted for days now.

This is the second day the postal service has suspended operations in certain parts of B.C. due to the smoke.

"The safety of our employees is our number one priority... as air quality conditions have made it unsafe," Canada Post said in a statement posted to social media late this afternoon.

READ MORE: Wildfire smoke forces Canada Post to suspend delivery to much of B.C.

Canada Post said has declared several cities in the Okanagan as under a red service alert, which means delivery has been suspended. In yellow service alert areas, delivery delays may be experienced.

In the red service alert areas, the corporation said delivery will resume "once it is deemed safe to do so."

Canada Post said the following communities will not have deliveries today, Sept. 15:

  • Castlegar
  • Cloverdale
  • Duncan
  • Ganges
  • Mayne Island
  • New Westminster
  • Okanagan Valley
  • Sooke
  • Trail
  • White Rock

Canada Post said these communities will experience delays:

  • Abbotsford
  • Campbell River
  • Courtenay
  • Cranbrook
  • Kamloops
  • Kimberly
  • Parts of Metro Vancouver
  • Nanaimo
  • Nelson
  • Parksville
  • Powell River
  • Surrey
  • Vernon
  • Greater Victoria area

"The Okanagan Valley is under a red service alert meaning we are suspending delivery for the day. However, Vernon was included in the yellow service alert as we are still doing our best to deliver in that specific region," according to an emailed statement from Canada Post.

- This story was updated at 6 p.m. to include a response from Canada Post.

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