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Damage from BC floods hits members hard

UFCW Local 247 makes a donation to help flood victims in Grand Forks. Pictured left are (L-R) Lorinda Thiessen, Tima Dickerson (Union Rep), and Lolita Rezanoff. Pictured below is Cheryl Leighton with Tima Dickerson. Cheryl & Lolita are both from the evacuated South Ruckle area of Grand Forks, and suffered major damage to their homes.

Severe flooding this spring in BC’s Interior communities no longer makes the news most days, but the serious damage left behind put many BCers in a precarious position, including UFCW Local 247 members.

In just one area of Grand Forks, the flooding of the Grand and Kettle rivers hit particularly hard. Out of 120 homes, 101 are uninhabitable, and several Local 247 members have been badly affected.

Many are without homes and have lost most of their belongings, and are now either living with family members, staying in a hotel with their family, or living in a tent trailer with their family.

Sadly, these members and their families appear to have some time to go before life returns to anything like normal.

There is a great deal of concern for the people in Grand Forks that will have to camp in the summer heat, and concerns as well about what will happen to them when the weather grows cold.

How You Can Help those Affected by Flooding

The BC Government is also actively involved and has provided the following information on their website:

Donations to the Canadian Red Cross:

Donations from individuals to the Red Cross to help people affected by recent flooding will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the BC government up to a total of $20 million.

To be eligible for matching, donations need to be made between May 16 and July 31, 2018.

Those wishing to help are encouraged to make a financial donation to the BC Floods Appeal in one of the following ways:

Please note that collection of items is not needed at this time and the best way to support people affected by the current flood situation is through a financial donation. Cash is best because:

  • It’s portable, timely, and cost-efficient
  • It’s flexible
  • It supports local economies
  • It does not require shipping and transportation costs
  • It decreases environmental impact
  • Sometimes organizations match cash donations, making your donation go further

Once evacuees start to return home and specific needs are identified, this information will be shared with the public.

Where to donate

Only donate to reputable, well-established charities. DO NOT give to door-to-door or over the phone campaigns.



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