Flooding, slides and the supply chain: we will get through this together
The past weeks have been difficult for many people in B.C. We’ve seen incredible amounts of rainfall and wind that led to damaging floods. And as I write more storms are forecast to hit southwest B.C. over the next week and extreme weather warnings are in effect.
My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.
We are working day and night to keep people safe and provide the support they need.
Our government has declared a State of Emergency to mitigate impacts on transportation and support a province-wide response and recovery.
While roads have begun to reopen, non-essential travel restrictions are in place for hard-hit sections so emergency and essential commercial vehicles can get through.
We’ve requested federal assistance and Canadian Forces assets are already operational, with more resources on the way. Emergency Support Services and Search and Rescue teams are providing emergency shelter, food and other supports to thousands of evacuees. The B.C. Wildfire Service has also supported efforts to rescue people and clear roads. The Ministry of Agriculture is working directly with farmers and farmers associations to help in any way possible, including using helicopters to drop containers with food and water for animals on farms that have been cut off.
I want to reassure everyone that our supplies of food and goods are secure. There may be temporary disruptions, but we are working quickly to re-route shipments through alternate routes to ensure people can get the essential supplies they need. You can play a role:
- avoid unnecessary travel to conserve fuel,
- respect the 30L per visit fuel limit when you fill your vehicle,
- shop as you normally would, and buy only what you need.
Remember, your neighbours need supplies too. Check in on them.
I know this has been devastating, but the most important thing we can all do right now is to remain calm and follow instructions from emergency personnel and experts. Right now, we are asking people not to travel for any non-essential reasons.
Finally, I want to acknowledge and thank all of the British Columbians who have stepped up during this incredibly difficult time to help each other, whether that was providing food and shelter to stranded strangers or bringing their neighbour’s farm animals to safety. British Columbians are resilient. I know we will get through this by working together.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any provincial issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or at Rick.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca.