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Flood concerns continue in Lumby

Lumby officials continue to insist they are getting the run-around over flooding.

Another letter from the Ministry of Forests has not promised any efforts to mitigate possible flooding and the impact on residents and businesses.

“It was a frustrating letter,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

“It’s not much different than what we were told at the meeting we had with the ministry recently.”

There was considerable flooding in the community last spring, and the village has been demanding the provincial government take action on flooding because of the impact of pine beetle kill in the watershed.

“There has to be maintenance of the creek or silt will build up and burst its banks,” said Acton.

The village also wants the Regional District of North Okanagan to reduce Duteau Creek reservoir levels to accommodate snowmelt and reduce the risk of flooding.

Pressure continues to build on village officials to  ensure flooding doesn’t cause major problems this spring.

“The chamber of commerce and business community are very frustrated. They want to make sure something is being done,” said Acton.

“We are trying to find ways to help the businesses downtown.”

In a March 4 letter to council, Forests Minister Steve Thomson says logging companies have conducted watershed assessments to measure and mitigate runoff from clearcut areas.

“The process to apply for funding for works to Duteau Creek is limited to the disaster financial assistance program and is limited to eligible costs incurred by the village during flood events,” said Thomson.

“I understand that Greater Vernon Water has engaged in some significant work to assist the village in finding solutions to flood concerns.”

 

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