Weather Whoa!

Mother Nature took some time to drop a boat load of rain on B.C.

It has been a busy time due to Mother Nature getting seemingly upset at everyone in British Columbia.

Walking into work and hearing about mudslides to the West and rock slides to the East compounded with rain falling in a way where many conversations involved which type of boat to build is never a way you want a day to start.

One of the most interesting facts that come from weather like this is just how many people wander out to literally take a look at how high the water has become.

Every day while the river was flowing downstream people were out having a look, taking the odd picture or video and discussing when the last time water had got that high.

It was as if the town meetings had moved to the side of the riverbank.

As with any discussion in town as of late people were looking at the water and debating how much if any money should be put into the proposed dyke project.

That debate seemingly only got more spirited as water levels went up and down.

Of course no matter where the water ended up the debate was going to rage.

People can take any incident and turn it into a point which will support their side of an argument. It was close to going over versus it didn’t

One thing which should not be lost is the devastation which can truly change a person’s life during an event like this.

I myself have been through many different types of natural disasters and after some serious earthquakes I have to admit rain does not have quite the same effect or concern for me even though it should be respected.

Families who do not live in the area go through a great deal when the word flood gets thrown around. Stress goes well beyond the borders of the town.

Locally the waters did rise and do damage to property and at least one local business.

When you look at the province and see streets which have become rivers you realize how dangerous situations like this can get.

It could be said we were lucky in many ways.

One thing which should be taken from times like this is what you can learn for the next time.

Flood waters will rise in this town like many others again at some point and those who look after emergency situations are in the unique place where they deal with the situation at hand while also taking notes and seeing what can be done the next time something happens.

Whether it is water or fire, mud or rocks residents have to hope something beneficial comes out of the times which affects the residents they serve. .

This time we have to see the lessons learned put in place to provide even better protection where people need it.

One last point to be made should be a thank you to those who went out to help their neighbours or sat out back making sure no one went down the back road near the river.

It says a great deal about a community where you hear stories of friends and strangers who give of their time to help others and sitting in a back alley watching the river rise and fall is no fun way to spend a weekend.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chuck Wright to take over Golden Rockets bench

The Rockets “terminated” Jeremy Blumes as head coach of the Golden Rockets Jr. B. on Jan. 27

Kicking Horse Update, Tuesday, January 28

Kicking Horse reports 1 cm of snow in the last 24 hours,… Continue reading

Golden Highway Update Tuesday, January 28

DriveBC reports slippery conditions on Highway 1 between Glacier National Park West… Continue reading

Golden health care providers head to India to provide dental and optometry services

Rebecca Kolbenson and Shane Van Biesen will be heading to India for just under ten days.

VIDEO: Feds look to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Uber threatens legal action to ‘defend its right’ to operate in Surrey

‘I have no concerns,’ Mayor Doug McCallum replies

Victoria resident says WestJet employee uttered racist comment, refused to let her on plane

Customer claims she was told ‘You guys can’t handle your alcohol’ by WestJet employee

Bystander who tried to help dog being attacked not liable for its death: B.C. tribunal

Owner of dog killed tried to get $5,000 in damages from man who tried to save it

INFOGRAPHIC: See how fast your B.C. city grew in 2019

The province’s fastest-growing municipalities were located on Vancouver Island

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

Most Read