RDNO escalates demands

The Regional District of North Okanagan board will contact Premier Christy Clark about flooding damage

Local politicians are going straight to the top when it comes to flooding.

Instead of writing various provincial ministers over stream remediation, the Regional District of North Okanagan board will contact Premier Christy Clark directly and demand action to prevent flooding damage.

“Previous attempts with cabinet ministers have been less than satisfying,” said Jackie Pearase, rural Enderby director.

“We’ve sent letters to the ministers and they’ve given us a non-response. Let’s go over their heads to the premier.”

The issue of remediation has become a focus for the regional district because of residents demanding flood mitigation along Ashton Creek, east of Enderby.

The provincial government has previously indicated that RDNO must conduct a feasibility study on possible upgrades on the creek.

However, Pearase insists that the costs of upgrades and liabilities could be downloaded on to RDNO by the provincial government even if it simply does a study.

According to Pearase, creeks are a provincial responsibility and Victoria has previously spent money on Ashton Creek to try and address flooding.