Cache Creek asks for $3 million in aid

After the cleaning up comes the fixing up, and Cache Creek has a lot of fixing up to do.

Cache Creek Council approved the submission of nearly $3 million dollars worth of restoration projects to the Disaster Financial Assistance program at a special meeting called last Friday.

Even if every project is approved for maximum funding, the Village would still be liable for $600,000 of the costs.

The Village has engaged Nor-ex Engineering to assist with a disaster recovery plan. That includes identifying damage that needs to be addressed and places to seek funding. One of the projects approved is have Nor-ex continue with their disaster recovery role for the next three months.

Nor-ex VP Operations Neil Barrett explained that the projects were divided into A, B, C priorities as well as “Enhancement”. The projects include everything from the complete restoration of Stage Rd. and Old Cariboo Rd., to the demolition of two severely damaged homes  to debris removal and compensation for staff time devoted to flood assistance.

“A” priorities included Stage Road restoration which was estimated at $1.7 million. Lopez-Cache Creek Rehabilitation is listed in the “B” priorities for $600,000.

“This is a living document,” Barrett told Council. “It forms the lion’s share of the recovery plan.”

He advised Council that projects would be added as discovered and they would be looking for other grants to lessen the Village’s liability.