Disassembly begins after deadly Kelowna crane collapse; evacuation order partially lifted

The collapsed crane at a downtown Kelowna construction site is slightly shorter on Wednesday, July 14, after crews completed the first stage of its disassembly. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)The collapsed crane at a downtown Kelowna construction site is slightly shorter on Wednesday, July 14, after crews completed the first stage of its disassembly. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
The crane on Tuesday, July 13, before crews began the dismantling process. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)The crane on Tuesday, July 13, before crews began the dismantling process. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
The crane pictured here in operation on March 26, 2021, before it collapsed while being taken down on Monday. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file photo)The crane pictured here in operation on March 26, 2021, before it collapsed while being taken down on Monday. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file photo)

Crews are beginning the process of disassembling the crane that collapsed and killed five people in downtown Kelowna earlier this week.

The deconstruction will be done in stages, with one phase already completed safely on Wednesday, July 15. As a result, several properties have been removed from the evacuation order.

Residents and businesses at the following addresses can now return:

  • 547 Bernard Avenue
  • 549 Bernard Avenue
  • 565 Bernard Avenue
  • 567 Bernard Avenue
  • 571 Bernard Avenue
  • 575 Bernard Avenue
  • 108, 591 Bernard Avenue
  • 200, 591 Bernard Avenue
  • 597 Bernard Avenue
  • 612 Bernard Avenue
  • 1475 Bertram Street

St. Paul Street remains closed to vehicle traffic but is open to pedestrians. Bernard Avenue is still closed to vehicles at Richter Street but is also accessible to people on foot. All businesses on St. Paul Street and Bernard Avenue are open, including The District on Bernard.

For those returning home, power may have been off for several days. Interior Health has some useful tips to address potential food spoilage for homeowners and commercial facilities.

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A number of properties on Bertram and Bernard remain under evacuation order.

“Only when the next stage of crane disassembly has occurred and it is deemed safe will the evacuation order be fully rescinded. This may take several days,” said Central Okanagan Emergency Operations in a news release.

The evacuation order remains in effect for the following addresses:

  • 1450 Bertram Street
  • 1464 Bertram Street
  • 1468 Bertram Street
  • 1476 Bertram Street
  • 1488 Bertram Street
  • 1441 St. Paul Street
  • 100, 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 101, 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 204 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 204A 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 100 1461 St. Paul Street
  • 105, 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 106 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 200 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 200A 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 201 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 202 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 203 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 203A 1449 St. Paul Street
  • 200 1461 St. Paul Street
  • 1471 St. Paul Street

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