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iN VIDEO: Cache Creek farmer optimistic after losing bridge to Bonaparte River

Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Desert Hills Ranch
May 24, 2020 - 1:17 PM

A Cache Creek produce farmer is remaining optimistic after losing a bridge this weekend due to high waters and a fast moving river.

Evacuation alerts for approximately 175 private and commercial properties in Cache Creek were issued along the Bonaparte River on Thursday.

David Porter, with Desert Hills Ranch, recently posted a video to Facebook May 23 showing how the rising waters from the Bonaparte River washed away a bridge at the farm’s location north of Cache Creek. They also lost some hay crops, but overall their produce wasn't impacted, he said.

“It’s pretty crazy,” he said. “It’s pretty unfortunate... But you gotta do what you gotta do.”

It's horrible what's happening, but “it’s Mother Nature, there’s not much you can do about it. It’s going to cost a lot of money obviously, but it is what it is,” he said. 

The loss of the bridge makes it difficult for the farmers to water their crops, which are located on the other side of the bridge, but thankfully they’ve been able to reach them using the neighbour’s property, he said. “We’re very very lucky to have that,” he said.

“We’re just a farm that keeps going. We’ve been hit by wildfires, hail... but at the end of the day the family just powers through because we have to,” he said.

Desert Hills grows and sells produce and has locations in Cache Creek and Ashcroft. Ashcroft's location is currently open and operating.

- With files from The Canadian Press

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