Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond released the following statement on emergency preparedness to deal with current flood conditions facing several regions of BC.
"Our government is supporting local authorities and First Nations by marshalling necessary resources to respond to flood emergencies wherever they may occur in BC.
"We have 1,000 Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources (FLRNO) firefighters on standby to sandbag, deploy erosion control devices and assist local governments and their residents in areas affected by flooding.
"There are 9.5 kilometres of gabion baskets (retaining walls) available with 3.3 kilometres already deployed to Prince George. There are approximately two million sandbags available in the provincial stockpile with 800,000 bags deployed to local communities in the past month.
"The Fraser Health Authority is identifying home care clients in unprotected areas needing additional support, and we are monitoring and assessing institutions like the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre and Forensic Hospital that may require additional support during a flood event.
"Our Ministry of Agriculture Emergency Operations Centre in Abbotsford has been fully activated and is supporting farmers in planning for livestock evacuations where necessary.
"Canadian Forces in Edmonton, Esquimalt and Vancouver are on a continuous standing alert should they be needed.
"I have asked Emergency Management BC officials to work with local governments and affected residents to help assess appropriate compensation for flood damage through the Disaster Financial Assistance Program as expediently as possible.
"The public can always find more information at emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca ."
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