File photo                                In May, flooding from 200 per cent average snow pack caused the Similkameen River and mountain creeks to rise forcing the closure of Highway 3 between Keremeos and Hedley to close for several days.

File photo In May, flooding from 200 per cent average snow pack caused the Similkameen River and mountain creeks to rise forcing the closure of Highway 3 between Keremeos and Hedley to close for several days.

Keremeos seeks evacuation preparedness funding

The village is applying to UBCM for evacuation planning funding

Following 2018’s threatening flooding and fire season, the village is hoping to be successful in a grant application to devise a comprehensive evacuation plan.

On Monday night, Keremeos council voted in favour of supporting a $25,000 grant application to the Union of BC Municipalities Community Preparedness Funding program.

“The 2018 flooding and wildfire seasons highlighted the need for additional emergency planning for Keremeos including a more robust and detailed plan for evacuation, should it be necessary. Because of Keremeos’ location and geography, unique challenges exist if prospective evacuation routes are also compromised,” a report to council stated. “For instance, just this year Highway 3A was closed due to a landslide, Highway 3 west was closed due to flooding and Highway 3 east was closed due to wildfire.”

If successful the terms of the grant is that it’s 100 per cent funded, up to $25,000.

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