By Daniel Betts
Following an emergency meeting held this afternoon at the Village of Valemount and despite the levels of Swift Creek dropping, the situation in Valemount, B.C. has not changed. The boil water order remains in effect and some homes are evacuated while other homes are under evacuation alert.
Using helicopters a geotechnical evaluation of Swift Creek has been performed, which gave the village the location of a couple weak points along the creek. “Public works is bringing a lot of resources to that,” said Andru McCracken, Mayor of Valemount. “We’ve got three excavators, a bobcat and a dump truck moving materials.”
Mayor McCracken noted the village has received great cooperation during the crisis. “Everyone’s been helping…things are going well and a lot of work is being done to make sure the creek doesn’t break through in those sensitive areas,” said Mayor McCracken. The village will once again meet later tonight, “just to see where we stand.”
Mayor McCracken feels confident they have brought the necessary resources they have available to bear upon the situation. The village is linked in with the Provincial Emergency Plan and is in close communication with the RCMP, Lake District Maintenance (LDM) and are sharing resources and information with Canadian National Railway (CN). “We have had local people out delivering boil water notices…the volunteerism and action around here has just been incredible to see it roll out,” said Mayor McCracken. “They take it on, they help us solve the problem.”
Mayor McCracken took the time to thank the press for helping to keep the community informed.