Daily Archives: June 1, 2018

Appearances of Houses In Ruckle Are Deceiving

Ruckle has become a sort of drive-through visit to a zone of devastation. A self guided driving tour appears to be taking place. Residents see a continuous stream of the curious slowly wending their way through the streets to see what they can.

As you drive through Ruckle and survey the damage what you see are piles of debris at the roadside on the edges of disheveled yards. And houses that appear, for the most part, intact and okay.

Well they are not okay – far from it. And Ruckle resident Marty Menzies would like you to know that the inside of those houses is the exact opposite of the outside. That many are little pieces of hell for the owners – especially the older folks and those who have been abandoned by their insurance companies. Marty asked me to come down and take a little visit inside one of these places so we can show you what they look like.

The first video is a short 360 degree video – you can choose which direction you want to look at any time. I make mention of a fridge being put in its strange location and setting by the water – I don’t know that for a fact but it’s happened with many appliance and other things all over the place.
The second is a more conventional one with Marty explaining the how and why of what you see.

While the emergency was taking place there were many volunteers filling and placing bags of sand to help fight against the water. Some of that took place in Ruckle but shortly into the emergency Ruckle was isolated legally as well as physically. Those who stayed to save their homes were faced with not being able to return if they left. Marty tells a bit of that from his perspective in the video below.

Now that the emergency is over a lot of the people who lived in those places find they are facing what appears to be a daunting, if not insurmountable, task of clean-up. And until Samaritan’s Purse or others show up, they are feeling pretty alone. Once the purse has done their job the owners are are left to face the rest. For many it’s bad – for some it’s feels like the end.

Sitting in the parking lot of the credit union I watched as an elderly man left the insurance agent. He had a piece of paper in his hand. As friends rode by on their bicycles they noticed him and came over to talk. From a distance it was easy to see he’d probably had the bad news that his insurance wasn’t going to cover his losses. And it was also easy to see that he was pretty shook up by it all.

In this time people are devastated and, just like when a loved one dies, unable to process information correctly or think straight. Making choices and decisions seems to be too much for them. Even doing simple arithmetic can escape some. And as Marty observed, a lot of the older people are hamstrung by an ethos that shies away from asking for help even though they likely need more than others. Please consider this in any dealings or interactions with them and be patient and understanding.

 

Behind Every Placard Is A Human Story

After the water had receded and people were allowed to return to their homes and businesses they were faced with a coloured placard.

Every Yellow or Red one flags a human story, a tale of woe for most – for some the worst moment in recent memory if not their life.

We have a small sample of Ruckle residents to tell their tale here. More will come.

 

RDKB Updates

Days have gone by and this site has not been updated – my apologies for that.

In the intervening time a number of updates have been issued by the Regional District.

Those residents impacted by Boundary flood won’t pay tipping fees
Given the extraordinary circumstances and wide-spread flooding damages to individuals, families and small businesses as a result of the recent flooding in the Boundary region, the Province of BC will cover tipping fees related to disposal of flood damaged materials.

RDKB rescinds majority of evacuation alerts across the Boundary
Threats from further flooding have diminished throughout the Boundary, and the RDKB Emergency Operation Centre has rescinded evacuation alerts for Electoral Areas C, D, and E, including Christina Lake, Grand Forks, and Midway on May 26. There are still 9 addresses on evacuation order for properties where there is still a threat to life safety.

The States of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Areas C and D, and the City of Grand Forks will be cancelled as of 4:00pm, May 28th.
The States of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Areas C and D, and the City of Grand Forks will be cancelled as of 4:00pm this afternoon. They will be immediately replaced by States of Local Emergency for Electoral Area D and the City of Grand Forks specific to 9 properties which are still at high risk as a result of the floods over the past few weeks.

Flood Waste Local Pickup Announced
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has secured an agreement with the Province of BC for funding of post-flood recovery efforts in the Boundary region.

The RDKB has committed local contractors to conduct curbside flood waste pickup which will begin later this week.  Curbside pickup will be available in flood-affected areas, and limited to flood damaged materials.

Flood Event Leads to Significant Mosquito Numbers
The annual mosquito control program within Electoral Area C (Christina Lake), Area D (Rural Grand Forks), and the City of Grand Forks has been underway for several weeks.

As a result of the flooding event, mosquitos are more apparent than most years.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has engaged Morrow Bioscience as the contractor for mosquito control for the Grand Forks and Christina Lake areas. They have been actively working on control measures since before the flood, and have targeted flooded areas where there is, or was, standing water following the flood event.

Spraying is not effective for adult mosquitos, so most control measures focus on breeding grounds where eggs are laid. Morrow has been targeting these areas both by air and ground.

Flood damaged debris tipping fee reimbursements available
Given the extraordinary circumstances and wide-spread flooding damages to individuals, families and small businesses as a result of the recent flooding in Grand Forks, the Province of BC is covering tipping fees related to disposal of flood damaged materials.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary recognizes that some residents affected by flooding paid tipping fees at landfills before the provincial program was brought into effect on May 25.

The RDKB has now developed a reimbursement program for those residents who retained original receipts from tipping fees for flood damaged debris.

As you can see from the above list a number of things have happened in this period of transition from emergency to recovery. Once again, my apology for not giving regular updates through this site. (I have been a bit busy with recovery things aside from this site, like a lot of people)