Regional district resolves Testalinda relief fund

Regional district resolves Testalinda relief fund

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has satisfied its commitment to a process that provided relief funding to victims of the June 2010 Testalinda slide.

The Regional District was charged with disbursing about $43,500 in donations through a local committee.

“The fund was established to assist individuals and families who did not have their needs met by individual insurance coverage or government assistance,” said  Emergency Services Supervisor Dale Kronebusch.

About $13,400 of that amount was distributed via purchased food vouchers to affected residents in August and September 2010. The remaining $29,890 remained untouched until insurance and provincial assistance claims were settled.

“Unfortunately it took more than two years for that process to resolve itself, with affected residents working with their insurance companies and the provincial government,” said Kronebusch. “Finally, a year later we were provided with a list of residents who qualified under the “unmet needs” concept and we were able to release the funds.

“The process took a little longer because we needed to verify the addresses of the intended recipients,” he added.

The Regional District eventually distributed the remaining funds evenly among the 12 identified parties.

The slide resulted in the evacuation of 26 properties near Oliver.

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  1. I feel very badly for those whose homes were destroyed in the mud slide. However, why was this area developed in the first place? It was filled with boulders and outwash from Testalinda canyon and unsuitable for agricultural use, and, at the mouth of a canyon, certainly not the best place to build a home.
    I used to see white-tailed jackrabbits (Lepus townsendi), now extirpated from BC mainly due to habitat loss, in this area. In addition, I once found a tiger salamander (listed as endangered by the BC government) here.
    Also, there was a traditional trail to Testalinda canyon, that crossed this alluvial fan. This trail was obliterated by the agricultural development.

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