Regional District of North Okanagan officials are being told they can’t avoid flood work on Ashton Creek.
Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA, met with residents recently to discuss possible flood mitigation and he is concerned RDNO is refusing to initiate a feasibility study into improvements.
“There will need to be a collaborative approach among local government, residents and the province,” he said.
However, RDNO officials have stated that creeks and flooding are provincial mandates and the costs of upgrades and liabilities could be downloaded on to the district if it does the study.
Kyllo denies the provincial government is trying to download responsibility on to RDNO.
“We have about 6,000 creeks in the province and the provincial government needs to play a big role,” he said.
“But if you look at what happened at Two Mile (upgrades) in Sicamous, the District of Sicamous took the initial lead.”
Kyllo first had discussions with rural Enderby director Jackie Pearase about flooding during the summer. Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes was also part of the meeting.
“We’ve reached out to RDNO and we will assist in finding funds,” said Kyllo, but he believes the regional district must move ahead with the feasibility study.
If RDNO continues to refuse participation in a study, Kyllo isn’t sure if the province will move ahead with the process.
“I will meet with the various ministries to see what the next steps are,” he said.