ESS Hours Reduced

Vernon Emergency Social Services (ESS) reception centre hours have changed as the influx of Williams Lake evacuees has slowed. The reception centre, located at the Dogwood Gym in the Vernon Recreation Centre, is now open between 1 to 4 p.m. daily for scheduled appointments and walk-ins. The centre can also accommodate evacuees by appointment outside of the scheduled times by calling 250-540-4153.

Many of the areas affected by wildfires near Williams Lake have been downgraded from an evacuation order to evacuation alert, and many evacuees are returning home.

To date, ESS has registered 992 evacuees, and the Province has provided 62 evacuees with commercial lodging and 1,364 referrals for billeting. The reception centre has processed 889 referral extensions since it opened on July 13.

The Province has asked Vernon ESS to keep group lodging on standby during the wildfire season.