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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Threats from further flooding have diminished throughout the Boundary, and the RDKB Emergency Operation Centre has rescinded evacuation alerts for Electoral Areas C, D, and E, including Christina Lake, Grand Forks, and Midway on May 26.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)

Boundary Flood Resilience Centre to open May 26

News Release
Grand Forks, BC
May 24, 2018
5:45 PM PT

Boundary Flood Resilience Centre to open May 26

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is launching its Boundary Flood Resilience Centre to help all victims of the 2018 catastrophic floods in the Boundary region.

The Resilience Centre will open at the Grand Forks Curling Rink on Saturday, May 26th at 9:00a.m. The Red Cross and EOC will mark the opening with a community pancake breakfast at the Curling Rink starting at 8:00 a.m.

“We are just now beginning the recovery process in our communities across the Boundary region. The RDKB is developing a recovery plan that will address flood recovery holistically, including built infrastructure as well as the more complex environmental, social and economic impacts of this disaster,” said Roly Russell, RDKB board chair.

The RDKB has assembled more than twenty different agencies under one roof to answer flood victims’ questions and provide assistance on a range of important topics including Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA), psycho-social support services, possession recovery, water testing, flood clean-up, waste disposal, home insurance and electrical safety.

The centre is intended to be a focal point for the community where impacted residents can connect with all those services and agencies they need to help them in the complex recovery process over the coming months and year.

“We are a strong community and we are a resilient community. We will come together and recover,” said Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad.

Representatives from the Red Cross will continue to support people in the community as they have in the Reception Centre they staffed for the duration of the flood emergency. Provincial representatives from DFA will be available to help residents fill out applications for assistance and other community representatives will be on site to direct flood victims to sources of additional funding . Water sampling kits for those on private water systems are also stocked on site.

“In many ways, fixing the buildings is the easy part of this recovery process. It will take a lot of work and the support of community and mental health resources to address the impacts we can’t see – the emotional, social and psychological well-being of all of us,” said Russel

The contact for the Emergency Operations Centre is 1-888-747-9119.

For more information:

Frances Maika,
EOC Public Information Officer, RDKB
250-231-3172 (cell)
fmaika@rdkb.com

Twitter
@RDKB_Emergency

Facebook
@RDKBdotcom

Province Will Cover Tipping Fees For Flood Damaged Materials

From Director Russell’s Facebook post

YAY! After a ridiculous number of phone calls and conversations, we did it! Thanks, Mike Farnworth, John Horgan, EMBC, and all the very hard work of our team at the EOC, City and RDKB staff folks both. Phew. See the RDKB press release for more details. Here are the details from their release:

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 will cover tipping fees related to disposal of flood damaged materials.

Background details:

· The Province and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary have agreed to an “aggregate billing process” to streamline the entire transaction process and not place an onerous up-front cash burden on individuals, families and small businesses.

· People can bring their flood debris to a local waste management facility. Facility staff will verify that the waste is flood impacted debris and confirm origin of waste, as well as document the weight and volume. Facilities will compile the transactions and send an invoice for the total amount to the Province for reimbursement.

· It’s important to note, that the fees are not being waived. Applicable fees will be consolidated by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and then submitted to the province for reimbursement.

· We remain committed to supporting and working with the Regional District and the community and people of Grand Forks throughout the recovery process.

Those residents impacted by Boundary flood won’t pay tipping fees. @EmergencyInfoBC #BCFlood #RDKB #2018Freshet #community pic.twitter.com/djeO5u110A

— RDKB Emergency Info (@RDKB_Emergency) May 26, 2018

RDKB EOC UPDATE May 15 morning

RDKB EOC UPDATE:
7:30am May 15th 2018

No access permitted to Ruckle

Water levels are rising in the Ruckle area. No one is allowed to be in the Ruckle area. Police will be manning road blocks and restricting access without exception. This area has been under evacuation order from May 10th. This is in the interest of public safety.

Local authorities are expecting a flood event similar to what was experienced late last week for the Grand Forks area.

The Emergency Operations Center continues to work at full capacity. Planning and preparation carry on for the anticipated flood event. Crews continue to work on priority areas.

Many Grand Forks residents have registered with the Red Cross upon evacuation. Loved ones wanting to connect with them can call 250 442-1658 or 250 442-1556.

It is extremely important to be safe when near floodwater. River levels can rise
quickly and currents can be unpredictable. The ground can be soft and unstable
causing extremely poor footing. Exercise extreme caution.

The contact for the Emergency Operations Centre is 1-888-747-9119.”