By Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart
As we watch the devastation unfold with the wildfires in California, our hearts go out to the residents there who are suffering.
Sadly, we know what many of them are going through. Our communities continue to heal after two volatile fire seasons in a row. People continue to rebuild their homes, businesses, and communities, not to mention recover emotionally.
I’d like to thank the residents and organizations who reached out to help during this time of need. From provincial recovery programs to grassroots charitable efforts in our communities, it was heart-warming to see an entire province mobilize to help people and businesses get back on their feet.
To ensure similar situations don’t happen again, we know wildfire prevention measures are so important. The Community Resiliency Investment Program is providing funds to local governments and First Nations over the next three years to help reduce wildfire risks.
Flooding and landslides were also a concern for many communities in Fraser-Nicola, including Ashcroft and Cache Creek. Sadly, the landslide on Hwy. 99 also resulted in the loss of life—the worst possible outcome.
These events caused extensive property damage and financial strain. Applications for the Disaster Financial Assistance Program remain open until Dec. 14, 2018. I also encourage people to reach out to the provincial Disaster Recovery Branch (http://bit.ly/2zykGaO) to learn about local organizations that can offer assistance.
There is much work to be done, to rebuild what has been lost. But as we approach the holiday season let’s all take stock of our many blessings. We are lucky to live in this beautiful part of the province with the people we cherish. I wish all of you the very best for the remainder of this year and beyond.