Monday’s flash rain event in Penticton amounted to a flurry of activity on roads, near waterways and at private residences, with the city saying it received about 75 calls about rising water levels.
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Much of it, however, was resolved relatively quickly. The city of Penticton said its crews were to have completed rapid damage assessments at all locations before nightfall. Cleaning of most roads and intersections was also completed before the end of the day.
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Earlier in the day, the city declared a local state of emergency to allow emergency crews to enter any private property as needed.
And residents were asked to exercise extreme caution near fast-flowing streams and to be on the lookout for potential landslides on hillsides.
“Driving conditions can be dangerous in some areas of the city due to the accumulation of water, gravel and debris on the roads and possible landslides,” said city staff.
Those who left their homes when the rain caused chaos are also asked to consider their plan to return home.
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“Returning home after a flood can present health and safety risks,” the City of Penticton said in a news release.
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“Make sure your home is safe and free from structural, electrical, or other hazards. Before you begin your cleanup activities, call your representative or insurance company.”
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Most insurance companies have a 24-hour claims service. If you have questions about insurance, you can call the Insurance Bureau of Canada: 1-844-2ask-IBC / 1-844-227-5422.
Mold can end up on clothing, drywall, or furniture, and it can also hide under or behind things like rugs, cushions, or walls; consider seeking professional assistance to identify appropriate corrective actions.
“Follow proper procedures to clean your home. Scrub all washable surfaces with a household bleach solution or unscented soap solution.”
Mold cannot be adequately cleaned from many porous materials. Instead, discard materials that cannot be dried within 48 hours.
The city also said that fear and anxiety are natural reactions to stressful events. Accept offers of help and offer support. Crisis lines are available to listen and help at any time.
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The BC Mental Health Support Line is available 24 hours a day at 310-6789 and the KUU-US Indian Crisis Line is at 1-800-588-8717.
Residents experiencing flooding and who have concerns about the safety of their homes are asked to call 250-490-2307 ext. 7 to receive a quick damage assessment from the Penticton Fire Department.
The Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Center has opened at 199 Ellis St in Penticton for those advised to evacuate by the Penticton Fire Department.
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