Province pushed for flood prep

Torrential flooding ripped through the region in the spring, and local officials claim future disasters may occur unless action is taken

Torrential flooding ripped through the region in the spring, and local officials claim future disasters may occur unless action is taken.

The Regional District of North Okanagan is calling on the provincial government to mitigate situations where creeks could go beyond their banks and negatively impact public and private lands.

“They know where the flood plains are and where the problems are but they don’t do any planning,” said director Mike Macnabb.

Macnabb points to two roads being closed in the BX until recently because they were damaged by high water in the spring and then there were delays with geotechnical work and ordering materials.

“A little pre-planning and things could have been finalized sooner,” he said.

Director Jackie Pearase is not pleased with current conditions along Ashton Creek, which flooded in the spring.

“It’s prime for more problems for the (adjacent) mobile home park next year,” she said. “It’s a provincial creek and they take no responsibility for it.”

Director Howie Cyr believes the province is more interested in regulations than being proactive.

“If well-meaning people went down and tried remediation, they’d have more ministries on their back,” he said.

RDNO has received $85,501 from Emergency Management B.C. for expenses accrued during this year’s flooding.