Yellowstone Reopens a Key Gateway After Devastating June Flooding
The small town of Grand Falls-Windsor in southwestern British Columbia, Canada, will be fully reopened after weeks of work to repair the road and other infrastructure damaged in the devastating floods that devastated the area June 6. On Thursday, July 28, Grand falls-Windsor’s town hall, library, and fire hall reopened to the public after their extensive renovation.
On Monday, July 24, the city announced the names of 17 individuals and one organization who had been recognized for their volunteer efforts during the flooding event. Included in the list were the town’s police chief, the chief of Parks Canada, the head of the municipal fire department, and the general manager of the local post office.
The first residents to return to their homes were able to do so a day later. The remainder of the town’s businesses, businesses along the waterway, and the schools all reopened on Thursday, July 28.
“The Grand Falls-Windsor and area residents deserve for their hard work and commitment to rebuild and restore our community to resume their daily routines,” stated Mayor Rob Palmer of Grand Falls-Windsor in a statement. “Our hearts are open and grateful for the outpouring of support from the people of our community who are helping us get back to normal.”
At the time of the flooding, the town of Grand Falls-Windsor had a population of 8,760. The town’s total population is now at 16,631, according to the 2010 census. The Grand Falls-Windsor International Airport remains open as the primary airport for air traffic in the area. There are no plans to close the airport.
The province of British Columbia, which is responsible for the region’s fire services, emergency services, roads, and infrastructure, declared a state of emergency over the flooding, which caused $2.2 million in damages. This is a relief from the province’s $8.6 million in damages.
An aerial view of floodwater damage that is visible from the west end of the town of Grand Falls-Windsor in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. The town is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia’s westernmost main island.
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