Preparing for weather events in Okanagan communities

March 15, 2018

Salmon Arm Observer – March 15, 2018

The need for Okanagan communities to prepare for the eventuality of extreme weather conditions is one of the takeaway lessons from the 2017 valley flooding response review, says the executive director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

The independent review was focused on the flooding response management of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development ministry staff.

But among the report’s 65 recommendations regarding staffing levels, experience and training, and streamflow forecasting models in the face of climate change, Anna Warwick Sears said the need for emergency preparedness invoked by individual communities was also cited.

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