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Black Creek emergency concerns aired at meetings

The Comox Valley Emergency Program hosts a public information meeting next week — the second such meeting in recent weeks with residents in and around Black Creek.

Some people were trapped during a March storm when fallen trees and power lines closed the dead end Macaulay Road.

At the first meeting, CVEP co-ordinator Mike Fournier and other personnel discussed emergency exits or re-entry points.

He notes some residents want to open roads into major arteries such as Hamm Road and the Inland Island Highway.

Martin Park Drive resident Robert Duncan has said the problem to the south would be solved if Macaulay joined with Hamm. Fournier, however, said this idea is an issue for the Ministry of Transportation. Besides, some residents do not want the roads linked, he added.

"Not everybody is in favour of that because obviously people don't want extra traffic on their street," Fournier said. "That would be a different issue altogether. The Emergency Program always has provided emergency exits. If Macaulay Road is blocked, so far we have three different ways they could leave."

Evacuation routes have been mapped out north of Oyster River via a logging road to the Inland Highway and at Saratoga Beach by Seaview Road to Williams Beach Road. To the south, residents need to cross a farmer's field to Hamm Road.

Next week's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Oyster River Fire Department.

"We are including the people that live on the north side of the river, because they have the same problems as the Macaulay Road people," Fournier said.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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