As the Okanagan faces another season of flooding, the City of West Kelowna is getting a pat on the back for its handling of last year’s freshet.
The municipality said it is set to receive the American Public Works Association’s Exceptional Performance in Adversity Award thanks to a nomination from the Public Works Association of BC.
“The team faced unprecedented challenges as flash flooding caused bridge and road closures and threatened other public infrastructure and private property, followed by historically high Okanagan Lake levels that damaged property all along the city’s waterfront,” the city said in a media release.
The city said its flood response team worked continuously for a hundred days during the flood threat, and their efforts are winning high praise from West Kelowna’s mayor.
“I have seen our crews do tremendous things on a day-to-day basis, but I have never witnessed such perseverance, dedication and grit as I did last year,” Mayor Doug Findlater said.
“Even weeks into the relentless event, when I visited impacted areas, I would see our staff, no doubt tired and stressed, but continuing to work as hard as they did on day one, literally doing everything they could to keep the waters at bay. It was humbling and heartwarming and I am very proud of all involved.”
A look back at photos of last year’s flooding in West Kelowna.