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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