Following the report of a possible chemical exposure at the Lumby Spray Park and Pool, a hazmat team from the City of Vernon’s fire department responded to investigate. The hazmat team has concluded their response and found that there was an individual exposure to an accidental mixing of chemicals, and there is no risk to the public. The hazmat team has disposed of the mixture.
As a result, the Oval Park at 1815 Glencaird Street, the White Valley Community Centre at 2250 Shields in Lumby, BC, have reopened after a precautionary closure was implemented at 9 am on July 14. A brief evacuation alert placed on nearby residences has been rescinded. The Lumby Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will reopen tomorrow morning for regular hours.
The Lumby Spray Park and Pool at 1815 Glencaird Street, will remain closed out of an abundance of caution as Village staff monitor the water chemistry. It is expected that the spray park and pool will reopen at regular operational times tomorrow, July 15.
“We thank emergency personnel for their quick response and will review our operational procedures to identify ways to avoid a situation like this from occurring again,” said Tom Kadla, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Lumby.
The Village of Lumby operates White Valley Parks and Recreation services on behalf of the RDNO.