National Newswatch

Flood watches downgraded in eastern Okanagan, Boundary; upgraded near Fort Nelson

Jun 5 2022 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The risk of flooding has dropped in British Columbia's southern Interior but is rising in the province's north thanks to changing weather conditions.  The River Forecast Centre issued a new flood watch for the Liard River and its tributaries Sunday, including areas around the community of Fort Nelson and Highway 97 toward Watson […]

$416 million in disaster funding comes through for homes lost in B.C. wildfires

May 13 2022 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The federal government said it's preparing for what could be a challenging summer of wildfires in parts of the country as several ministers gathered in Vancouver to outline how funds will support those already affected. Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said it's advancing $416 million to rebuild homes and businesses lost in the […]

B.C. flood survivor warns others to check insurance amid rising climate disasters

Apr 15 2022 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — MERRITT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — A survivor of British Columbia's catastrophic floods last year is warning others to check their insurance policies after she said she was offered a payout of only $30,000 when her home, assessed at $414,000, was destroyed. Pam Velt, whose house collapsed into the Nicola River last November, said she and her […]

B.C. flood survivor warns others to check insurance amid rising climate disasters

Apr 15 2022 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — MERRITT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — A survivor of British Columbia's catastrophic floods last year is warning others to check their insurance policies after she said she received a payout of only $30,000 when her home, assessed at $414,000, was destroyed. Pam Velt, whose house collapsed into the Nicola River last November, said she and her husband, […]