August 25, 2014 3:43 pm

Historic Kelowna fruit warehouse flooded by burst pipe

An old B.C. Tree Fruits warehouse in Kelowna recently purchased by a developer has been flooded by a burst pipe. Water flooded out onto Clement Avenue Monday morning.

Jim Douglas/ Global Okanagan

KELOWNA, B.C. – A large water pipe burst at the old fruit co-op warehouse on Clement Avenue sometime Monday morning, where B.C. Tree Fruit operations ceased less than a month ago.

A City of Kelowna employee driving by the plant noticed water flooding out of the property into street storm drains.

City crews have since shut off the building’s water supply until the source of the large leak can be assessed.

Workers from B.C. Tree Fruits were also on scene. They tell Global Okanagan that the City will most likely need to dig around the building to determine where the flood is coming from.

Water seems to be trickling out from the building’s foundation and walls. Approximately half an inch of water is still standing inside the large warehouse.

The City of Kelowna may have to dig up ground around Clement Avenue following a burst pipe at an old fruit warehouse.

Jim Douglas/ Global Okanagan

The property was purchased by Gary Tebbutt late last year with hopes of turning it into a public market.

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