EDITORIAL: Spring into action today

Spring is finally in the air and it’s time to rejoice as we head outside to enjoy warmer temperatures and more daylight after supper.

Thoughts tend towards all the possibilities of activities after a particularly long winter for these parts, like golf, tennis, soccer and just going for a walk in better conditions.

However, there should be a sense of caution in the wind as well due to the fact that the snow in the mountains is beginning to melt leading to safety concerns around rivers and creeks, and, of course, the potential for flooding.

Now many factors come into play in how extensive flooding will be in the North Okanagan, and some areas are much more prone to the spring runoff than others, but it’s a good idea for anyone living near waterways to take preventative measures every spring.

In other words, be proactive instead of reactive.

“Residents are the first line of defense and are responsible for protecting their property,” advises Brent Watson, North Okanagan Emergency Management manager.

“People have to take ownership to prevent a disaster.”

NOEM is there to help with flood advisories, distributing sand and sand bags and activating emergency support if necessary but preventative measures are up to landowners and the provincial government.

Therefore, it is wise to take it upon yourself to be ready for potential flooding.

However, there is help available online at northokanaganem.ca

It should be noted that in the last two years there have been $12 million in North Okanagan disaster claims filed with senior government.

The snowpack readings for some local areas are above normal, and the weather is always unpredictable, so better safe than sorry.

For more information call 250-550-3232 (prerecorded line) or e-mail northokanaganem@gmail.com


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