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BC government defends response to devastating floods amid calls for better warnings

BC’s public safety minister is raising more questions about his government’s handling of the most recent record rain and flood stranded hundreds of people and caused some unspecified damage.

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During Tuesday’s question-and-answer session, Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau asked the government if its emergency response system was flawed or if the province had been hit harder than expected. as those affected by landslides and floods called for a greater alert across the province. against adverse weather.

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Furstenau also pointed to Washington state, where officials provided sandbags to communities over the weekend in response to similar extreme weather.

“In the regional districts, which take up most of the land in BC, the roads and highways are under provincial administration, and when we have climate phenomena that will affect large swaths of the province, the government is provincial authorities need to play an active role. in emergency preparedness and response,” she said.

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“The Minister of Public Safety has said that the responsibility for emergency preparedness and response largely rests with local governments. But this weather affects the entire province, and the provincial government is responsible for the provincial roads.”


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Deputy PM discusses province’s disaster plan as landslide shuts down BC’s main highways


Deputy PM discusses province’s disaster plan as landslide shuts down BC’s main highways

In response, Secretary Mike Farnworth said local governments, highway contractors and the Emergency Management Board had done “an incredible job” in extremely difficult conditions, and reviewed the work. is being worked on to amend the Emergency Protection Act to focus on prevention, mitigation, response and recovery.

“We realized that climate change are playing a fundamental role in the challenges we face, in the disasters and emergencies facing us. That’s why we’ve done the important work,” said Farnworth.

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“Also, recognize that on-site, on-site emergencies are handled by local governments and local communities because they know the situation and the problem points in their communities.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister John Horgan are scheduled to talk Tuesday night about federal support.

“(I’m) obviously extremely concerned about the situation in British Columbia right now,” Trudeau told reporters earlier on Tuesday. “As a government, we have been in close contact with the British Columbia government, providing support in any way we can and we will continue to be there.”


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The province is in turmoil because of the impact of the historic storm


The province is in turmoil because of the impact of the historic storm

Responding to the storm prompted the First Nations Leadership Council to call on the province to declare an indefinite state of emergency.

The council said in a press release that many First Nations were under evacuation orders and had navigated “a complex and complex emergency funding system” that did not meet their needs, the council said. know in a newsletter.

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“BC must deploy all available resources and enact exceptional measures,” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said in a statement. “This can only happen when a State of Emergency is declared. The weather forecast suggests that the state of emergency may be just beginning.”

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