A year after devastating floods forced thousands to evacuate their homes in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, the 2018 B.C. Floods Fund has reached $7.2 million, of which the Red Cross has spent or committed $5.2 million on recovery efforts.
The Red Cross updated those efforts Tuesday, noting case workers continue to meet with residents experiencing unmet needs due to the flooding.
People still needing help are encouraged to reach out to the Red Cross, even if it is for the first time, the organization said in a press release.
Further applications are also being accepted for community relief projects.
“Recovery from a disaster like this can take a long time, but I’ve seen just how strong this community is and I have no doubt that they will recover. We know this is a challenging time for many people so, alongside our partners, the Red Cross will continue to be there for the community on it’s path to recovery,” said B.C.-Yukon vice-president Elysia Dempsey.
“I was in Grand Forks in early April to participate in the community’s emergency preparedness fair, and once again, I was floored by the strength of the community just a year after the region’s destructive flooding,” added Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice.
Provincial support and individual donations have provided more than 440 households with financial assistance as well as:
- Supported over 100 eligible small businesses and not-for-profits with financial assistance.
- Distributed over 840 clean-up kits to help individuals and families as they returned home.
- Managed and supported two shelters and two reception centres.
- More than 1,500 one-on-one meetings with individuals and families to help support them in recovery.