Help is arriving for some of the 1,300 North Westside properties affected by the White Rock Lake wildfire.
Customers at Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates and Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun do not have to pay the basic usage and consumption portion of utility bills from August 1 to September 30.
“At the time the order was lifted, residents were away from their homes for more than five weeks,” Central Okanagan Regional District Engineering Services Director David Komaike said in a report.
Additionally, the Central Okanagan Regional District approved waiver of demolition fees and temporary building permits for residents affected by the fire. It also approved the extension of the use of the permit for the temporary construction of an RV as a temporary dwelling to two years, on a property that is actively under construction after a forest fire.
The district is now on a forest fire recovery plan with a contracted community recovery manager who works to meet short, medium and long term goals.
“On August 15, 2021, the White Rock Lake wildfire aggressively destroyed or damaged homes and all or part of their respective outbuildings,” General Manager Brian Reardon said in a report. “The Regional District of Central Okanagan, as the appropriate local government authority, has an obligation under the British Columbia Emergency Programs Act to develop a recovery plan for its affected residents . “
The devastating fire damaged or destroyed 78 structures and affected more than 1,300 properties in the North Westside.
“Many will face significant emotional and financial burdens related to the event,” Komaike said.
The lost revenue for the RDCO would be over $ 90,000 from Killiney, Westshore and Fintry. These systems have also seen a significant increase in operating expenses due to forest fires, as they have aided firefighting efforts.
Residents of North Westside will also have a longer period of time to dispose of trash this fall. The Bulky Item Collection Event takes place October 6-20 at the North Westside Road Transfer Station, for $ 20 per truck. The event was extended for a week to help residents recover from the fire.
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