The Regional District of North Okanagan has concerns with provincial government actions during this spring’s flooding.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has concerns with provincial government actions during this spring’s flooding.

District upset with ministry over flooding

Flood of complaints wash in over Victoria's handling of emergencies

A flood of complaints have washed in over Victoria’s handling of emergencies.

The Regional District of North Okanagan is writing Emergency Management B.C. and demanding procedural changes in the wake of flooding this spring.

“If there is a similar event in future, we want to make sure we’re not scrambling as we were this year,” said Ron Baker, protective services manager.

It was discovered during the June 6 flash flood in Ashton Creek that provincial ministries do not have the on-site ability to manage such incidents.

“This leaves site emergency management responsibility to the local authority either through its own resources or contractors,” said Baker.

“This proved particularly challenging for RDNO since it has no public works function.”

The other concern is the lack of provincial funding to undertake repairs to eroded dikes and creek banks or clean up debris on adjacent properties.

Director Jackie Pearase does not want the regional district picking up the cost of this work or maintenance.

“Creeks are a provincial responsibility and they need to take all of the responsibility,” she said.

Director Janice Brown says Spallumcheen has already experienced demands to keep up Fortune Creek.

“We can never afford to keep up all of those (creek) beds,” she said.

RDNO is also seeking disaster financial assistance because of uninsurable losses in the region, but no decisions have been made by Victoria.

Finally, the district is frustrated that repairs have been delayed to roads damaged by high water.

Director Bob Fleming says disasters will occur so the government should be prepared with pre-planning.

“You shouldn’t have to go to Eastern Canada for culverts. They should have a couple on hand,” he said.