Mayor orders evacuation of about 14 homes, says emergency declaration will help free up funds
By Rafferty Baker, CBC News Posted: May 24, 2015 4:16 AM PT| Last Updated: May 25, 2015 4:55 AM PT
The small B.C. Interior town of Cache Creek declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon after torrential rain caused a flash flood on Saturday which sent raging water and debris through downtown streets and closed two highways.
Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta said the state of emergency will free up financial support to help the town rebuild. He said nearly 100 residents in the community of about 1,000 have registered at the emergency operations centre.
Ranta said the declaration would allow the municipality to enforce an emergency evacuation order he expects will affect about 14 homes in the Riverside Trailer Park until the stability of the slopes above them can be assessed.
He said about 49 homes were damaged in the flash flood, a half dozen of them beyond repair. Ranta said no one in town can remember a storm like this one.
“It was raining like the sky was falling and hail at the same time and it caused Cache Creek to fill up and overflow and it carried debris from the creek that plugged the culvert near the fire hall,” he said.
“Then the water from the creek went over the road and against the doors of the fire hall, caved in the fire hall doors and then went out the back door of the fire hall.”
“It is just incredible the amount of debris that comes down with a rainstorm of the intensity of what we saw.”
Ranta said storm sewers and catch basins are plugged and the town is busy cleaning them out.