They may not always be here in person, but political representatives for Osoyoos and the South Okanagan are certainly here in spirit as localized flooding continues to affect the community.
Both MLA Linda Larson and MP Richard Cannings are reporting visits to their respective ridings and offered encouragement as the flood event continues.
“As I approached Osoyoos Lake, I was surprised to see open water about a kilometer north of the normal shoreline,” Mr. Cannings writes in his weekly column. “After crossing the bridge on Highway 3, I could see that homes and even hotels and motels on the shoreline were flooded to varying degrees — many severely.”
He noted, however that “community spirit remains strong and the work of volunteers and first responders has been truly inspiring.”
“This is not over, and there will be difficult days and weeks ahead,” he concludes. “My thoughts are with all those who have lost their homes or livelihoods in the past few days and weeks.”
Meanwhile, Ms. Larson in a Facebook video, reported she has taken the region’s plight to the provincial government and is encouraged by the response.
“(I’ve been assured) that we will receive every bit of help that is available,” she said. “All resources have been put to this situation.”
She also offers encouragement, asking residents to work together to overcome difficulties.
“As communities you need to help each other and you need to listen to the emergency people working in your areas and do what they ask of you,” she said.
From Victoria, Premier John Horgan also encouraged residents to look out for themselves and their families.
“I encourage all British Columbians to prepare their homes, and their families, for a natural disaster,” he said. “We must all work together to prepare for, and respond to, flooding and other natural disasters.”