It is that time of year when we must watch our surrounding environment for quick changes. As we see the devastation in Grand Forks, Christina Lake and across the Boundary, we must remember to always be prepared.
This is not about fear, this is about being aware of the environment we live in. Many of our Kootenay homes are on flood plains or right below a dam. While the Kettle and Granby are not controlled, most of our lakes and rivers are. However, with the immense amount of snow melting, 180% above normal snow pack, freshet will likely cause some flooding this year.
We are also aware that Duncan Dam will exceed 500 CFS at the confluence over the weekend. BC Hydro staff are on the ground monitoring and working directly with residents who may be affected.
Sand and bags will be at the Lardeau Valley Hall and Kaslo Fire Hall. If you see flooding in areas and would like to protect your home, please go and fill your sand bags.
Other important tips;
– always have your emergency kit ready. I’ve now got mine as the camping box so it lives either in my truck or at the front door.
– if you live near creeks, pay attention to their behavior and should you notice changes such as muddy, debris, fast moving then slows right down, never hesitate to call the Provincial hotline, this will trigger an assessment and provide critical data if there is a safety concern.
BE SAFE and enjoy the, finally here, warm and sunny weather.
Links to info and emergency numbers
How to build a sandbag dyke:
General emergency info
For flooding and dangerous goods spills:
For Area D, these will be available at the Kaslo Fire Hall and the Lardeau Valley Community Club.
Welcome to my monthly newsletter with highlights from the last month.
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During a short break from our current Legislative session I spent some welcomed time at home in the Kootenays. Joining me was Barbara Szymczyk, one of our Legislative Interns. Over four days we toured Creston, Kaslo, Salmo and Nelson.
We had meetings with many organizations, including the Kaslo Housing Society, Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre Society, and Salmo Community Resources. We also toured the Jersey Emerald Mine, the Kaslo Mining Museum and Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort.
Our visits to Salmo Secondary and Prince Charles Secondary resulted in some great conversations with students and a stop at Salmo Childcare gave me the chance to teach preschoolers about voting. Pizza won the majority of votes over tacos.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch at TAPS in Creston as we connected with seniors in the community. And in Nelson we celebrated the grand opening of the new Front Counter office (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=d136c092c4&e=c2581b5a82) which will provide in-person help with applications and permits for local economic development.
Last week I introduced Bill 15, the Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Statutes Amendment Act, 2018 to clean up the increase in the number of orphaned natural gas wells and prevent them in the future. These changes will allow us to better protect our land, air and water while also ensuring greater fairness in the industry.
Our government continues to work hard on a variety of issues.
You may have heard that we announced legislation on cannabis last month. With public health and safety as the top priority, this legislation will provide for legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis in British Columbia. Click here (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=05b02fe1b6&e=c2581b5a82) to learn more.
We’ve taken bold action to address both housing demand and supply. We’re funding 14,000 new, affordable homes for renters, cracking down on tax evasion, and giving local governments the power to protect and encourage the building of rentals. Click here (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=73d36ff036&e=c2581b5a82) to learn more about these proposed changes and how they will improve housing affordability for people in B.C.
As government, we proposed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act that, if approved by the legislature, will add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders to the list of conditions that are recognized as being presumptive conditions associated with specific types of jobs. I know people in our riding who have been working extremely hard on this issue and I would like to extend a special thanks to them. READ MORE (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=564d7c2b12&e=c2581b5a82)
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….a free workshop in Meadow Creek with Casey McKinnon, holistic nutritionist. Pregnant women, partners and parents with children under 6 years! Join us for this hands-on cooking class! Learn about healthy fats, how protein helps the body and more! Bring your questions about healthy snacks and enjoy chatting and cooking together with the group. There will likely be treats to take home at the end! Childcare provided. Thursday, May 17^th. 9:30-11:30. Meadow Creek Family Centre (Jewett school). Register with Barb Cyr, email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) or 250-353-7691 or at Strong Start! Offered by North Kootenay Lake Community Services society and proudly supported by Columbia Basin Trust.