A photo shows damage done to the Othello Tunnels trail by recent flooding and landslides. (Tyler Ingram/Twitter)

A photo shows damage done to the Othello Tunnels trail by recent flooding and landslides. (Tyler Ingram/Twitter)

Hope mayor says district prepared for emergency response this weekend

Hope could experience more safety issues with two more atmospheric rivers

Hope’s mayor says they are more prepared than ever to deal with the expected atmospheric rivers in the region.

Two more big rainfall events are still expected to hit Hope and the Fraser Valley. The first is expected tomorrow and the second is forecast for early next week, potentially Tuesday or Wednesday.

In a message to residents on Friday afternoon, Peter Robb said the District of Hope’s emergency operations centre (EOC) is still in full swing with daily meetings, and ready to handle any emergencies.

“The district has not relaxed its emergency preparedness posture since the events of the 14th and 15th of November,” he said. “In fact, with the luxury of more time and increased collaboration with provincial authorities, we are all better prepared for these next events.”

The EOC “remains activated, and continues to monitor the situation, and meets daily.”

Meanwhile, he said, district staff are cleaning up effects of the last weather event, while monitoring and being prepared to address these next two predicted atmospheric rivers.

Robb stressed that residents need to be personally prepared for emergencies, as well.

“In case of sustained power outages or ordered evacuation, have you made arrangements with family or friends to stay for a while?” he asks. “Please remember that warnings, alerts, and orders will be communicated to those residents effected, including by door-to-door notification.”

He also suggested checking the district website regularly, their Facebook page, and downloading the Alertable App for the latest information.


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