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Regional district's message: be prepared

Hayes Creek volunteers took some time to make preparations for high water this spring.
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PENTICTON - A regional district community isn’t waiting for government assistance as it prepares for what promises to be a very heavy spring freshet.

Hayes Creek fire department volunteers and 37 community members filled and placed more than 1,000 sandbags at five at-risk locations in the community in preparation for the spring melt.

It took the group just two hours to do the job, armed with shovels, a bobcat and four tractors.

“It’s still winter here and the creeks are trickling, but in a few weeks they will be roaring,” says Hayes Creek Fire Chief Rob Miller.

The regional district said in a press release issued today, April 20, it has been sending a message to residents to be prepared on their own properties and homes in the event they are affected by flooding, landslide or fire.

Sandbags have been distributed to designated locations in the regional district and can be viewed on a map link at the regional district website.

Property owners can request sand and sandbags for their area. The regional district does not deliver to private homes but will provide a community pickup location.

The community of Hayes Creek is located on the Princeton-Summerland Road.
The community of Hayes Creek is located on the Princeton-Summerland Road.
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