Christy Clark tours Cache Creek floods

By Vanessa Ybarra
May 6, 2017 - 2:27pm

CACHE CREEK, B.C. — Liberal Leader Christy Clark took a break from her election campaign Saturday morning to lend support to the community of Cache Creek that's been recently hit by flash flooding.

During the brief visit, Clark met with Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta and emergency management teams to discuss how the province can lend support to flood efforts.

Recounting a similar flood devastation in Cache Creek in 2015, Clark told a crowd of locals and media later in the day that she's confident the community will bounce back.

"Sadly we have gotten really good at dealing with crises such as forest fires and flooding, 'said Clark. "Our emergency management people are some of the best in the world. We will spare no expense. We are going to move as quickly and nimbly to support people."

Volunteers from Ashcroft, Pemberton and Kamloops have been deployed to help deal with the flood, with Clark promising to provide more help if necessary.

During her stop Clark also offered her sympathies on the recent disappearance of Cache Creek Fire Chief Clayton Cassidy.

"All the folks behind me who are working in the fire hall still, they're missing their chief and colleague so we can't forget how devastating it is for this community."

Cassidy went out early Friday morning to check the levels of Cache Creek that was reported to be flooding.

He hasn't been since then, with fears he was swept away by the fast-moving current.

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