Okanagan cold snap causes water damage – Okanagan | PKBNEWS

Unfortunately, staying close to home does not exempt you from the challenges of winter.

Water damage has been a problem in the Okanagan region of British Columbia this week as temperatures plummeted.

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Splatsin First Nation near Enderby had a crack in their water tank due to cold weather.

Residents were told Thursday to fill and store water in case the crack cuts off water service.

But luckily the tank leak was quickly repaired.

However, the Vernon and District Performing Arts Center is still drying up from its own incident.

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Early Thursday, water damage was found in the building.

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“It’s disappointing because we were just operational. We’ve been really busy and so happy to be back and open post-pandemic,” said Artistic Director Erin Kennedy.

“It’s a disappointing setback but everything will be fine. We will make the repairs and reopen soon.

The center says it is not yet sure what caused the problem, but believes it is related to the fire suppression system and that this week’s cold snap played a part.

“The water was mostly in the stage area and the loading bay, so we’re in the process of drying it out. Once it’s dried up, we’ll know the extent of the damage,” Kennedy said.

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The theater is not alone. The owner of a local catering business says amid freezing temperatures, he’s been busy this week.

Conan Ackert, owner of Total Restoration Services, said customers had called about frozen and ruptured pipes.

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Ackert has some tips for keeping your water systems running when the temperature drops.

He suggests making sure no pipes are attached to the outside of the house, keeping your house warm, opening cabinet doors under sinks, and possibly leaving a cold water tap on. drain slowly to prevent standing water from freezing in the lines.

Back at the performing arts center, several shows had to be moved or postponed.

Ticket holders will be notified directly of upcoming postponed shows.

The theater hopes it will return to regular programming within weeks.

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