Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Cleaning Up Kal Tire Place:
Cleaning up Kal Tire Place
Kate Bouey - Sep 6, 2016
Work continues after a very long weekend at Kal Tire Place, following a broken water main on Saturday that caused significant flooding to the lower levels of the rink as well as some nearby houses.
The rupture overwhelmed a pump station and sewer lines, sending sewer water spewing into the lower levels of the rink and causing the cancellation of a Vernon Vipers exhibition game.
While the extent of the damage and cost estimates are not yet know, cleaning efforts continue.
Employees from Okanagan Restoration Services and the arena were hard at work Tuesday morning, moving items, while outside the remains of the downstairs flooring could be seen lying in a massive pile.
The City of Vernon reports approximately 930 square meters of tile flooring have been removed and
will be replaced along with drywall below the 60 centimeter mark. No mechanical systems were damaged as they are located above the affected area. Air scrubbers have eliminated any lingering odour.
Environmental testing will be done throughout Kal Tire Place to ensure there is no bacteria left behind.
Hundreds of chairs on the lower floors have been disinfected along with anything that has wheels or legs, said one staff member.
Thankfully the ice itself was not harmed because it sits 1.5 inches above the floor, he said.
All Kal Tire Place ice users have been moved to the Priest Valley Arena through Wednesday, while public skates and shinny hockey have been cancelled until at least next week.
Staff at Kal Tire Place anticipate that the arena will be open for the Vernon Vipers home opener on Saturday, September 10.
The arena is set to host a pre-season LA Kings and Edmonton Oilers game on Oct. 2nd in celebration of Lumby's 2016 Kraft Hockeyville title.