City begins to assess damages after another heavy rainfall event

Environment Canada predicts showers and thunderstorms persisting today and throughout the rest of this week, but it appears the heavy rainfall is over. Kevin Henderson, director of infrastructure for the City of Dawson Creek, said the water level in the Dawson Creek appeared to peak early Sunday morning and is slowly starting to return to normal.

"It appears the water came up higher than it did two weeks ago," he said.

Several city streets had to be closed as a result of wash-outs, but as of Sunday afternoon, Henderson said all roads were reopened with the exception of 17 Street between 102 and 100 Avenues, which was reopened earlier today.

He said he wasn't aware of any other major issues with the city's infrastructure.

However, many residents and business owners will now begin to asses any flood damage. Fire chief Gordon Smith said he is aware of at least four families that self-evacuated between Friday and Sunday due to flooding – one in the area of 17 Street and Willowbrook Crescent, two near the intersection of 17 Street and 102 Avenue, and one along Eighth Street. He said three of those families have found accommodations with family or friends, and one family was accommodated in a local hotel through Emergency Social Services.

"Now it's just a matter of assessing the damage, making the repairs and doing the paperwork," said Smith. "We will be assisting families in how to fill out the paperwork for any provincial funding."

He said the Disaster Financial Assistance Program under the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) to cover the cost of repairs for uninsurable, disaster-related property damage. He said, generally, damage caused to private residences as a result of over-land flooding would be covered, while damages that might otherwise be insurable such as from a sewer back-up would not be eligible.

More information of the program can be found at www.pep.bc.ca/dfa_claims/dfa.html.

 

 

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