Red Cross sets up in Cache Creek

Emergency crews on the scene of the flash flood in Cache Creek, Saturday, May 23, 2015.
Image Credit: Devon Lindsay

CACHE CREEK - Those needing assistance following the flash flood that destroyed part of the village this past weekend can turn to the Canadian Red Cross for the next week.

The Canadian Red Cross is operating a resiliency centre from May 26 through June 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The centre is located at the Cache Creek Community Hall at 1270 Stage Rd.

Anyone needing assistance can receive an assessment and potential needs will be identified. Local agencies will be working with the Red Cross to coordinate recovery services for those affected by the flash flood.

Two hours of heavy rain on Saturday, May 23, led to flash floods in the small town. Culverts were plugged by debris and the creek overran its banks, getting as high as eight feet in some areas, according to Kamloops Search and Rescue members.

The highway was shut down and rescue crews made sure everyone was accounted for. Some homes were evacuated while others were put on evacuation alert and the next day Mayor John Ranta declared a state of local emergency. By Monday the province had approved disaster financial assistance for residents of Cache Creek and several other areas in Nicola region.

Volunteers have been working to clear driveways and properties of the debris and several online fundraisers have also been initiated.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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