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Forty-seven properties damaged by Chilcotin flooding

Based on information from initial damage assessments, the Cariboo Regional District estimates about 47 properties were impacted by the flooding in the Big Creek area. Among those properties, the majority of the impacts are to hayfields, irrigation channels, land, driveways, and fencing and damage to residential homes is minimal.

All residents impacted by flooding are encouraged to attend the CRD’s public meeting at the Big Creek Community Hall this Saturday, July 20, from 2-5 p.m. The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to gather information and ask questions of the agencies attending and provide feedback about the emergency response and what supports they need in recovery.

Representatives from the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Agriculture, Emergency Management BC’s Disaster Financial Assistance Program, Red Cross and the Cariboo Regional District will be attending the meeting.

The CRD’s Emergency Operations Centre will be closing next week; but, the recovery section will remain active. The CRD’s role in recovery is connecting residents with services and programs that are provided by other ministries or agencies. For recovery information, residents can contact the CRD at 1-866-759-4977or visit cariboord.ca/recovery.

Disaster financial assistance available
The Province has made Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) available related to the recent flooding events, for any areas within the Cariboo Regional District. DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local governments that were unable to obtain insurance to cover their disaster-related losses.

Applications need to be submitted to Emergency Management BC by Oct. 15, 2019. Find more information and applications at www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance.

More information
Find more information on flood preparedness, current river conditions and emergency updates at:

Residents should register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text, call or email regarding Evacuation Alerts and Orders or other emergency updates: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612292#/signup