BC Flood: What an evacuator found when he got back home


Princeton, BC –

Mario Lutef had a little sleep for four days until Saturday when he packed up his ruined items on the street outside his home in Princeton, BC.

The vast area of ​​downtown was destroyed in a two-hour community south of Kamloops when the Tulameen River overflowed its banks and forced people to evacuate their homes.

The community is still on the alert for evacuation but for many, such as Lutef, the damage could not be worse.

“It turned the corner and then it was a tsunami because it filled the small streets on the way here. But once they looked at them, the water looked at my space and everyone on the road,” he told the Canadian Press.

On the first floor of the house was a black clay think coat that covered everything. Lautef has been working around the clock since he was allowed access. The boards have torn down the walls, and a 2-meter high dirt line on the wall shows how high the water has risen.

“I lost everything. We lost everything, the wife and I. I have no idea where to start. I don’t know where it ends, ”said Lutef, who has been living at home for the past four years.

“I’m trying to save my equipment, that’s my bread and butter, because if I don’t have it I can’t make an income. I’m pretty much in the slop … pun intended. ”

Roads in this area are a bundle of traffic. Sucker trucks are trying to remove some standing water from the basement. Roads and sidewalks are covered with mud.

“It’s like a one-man war,” said Luteef, who works alone.

“I remember my wife saying, ‘Don’t forget to take off your shoes,’ so I have to show her. She was shocked. She didn’t want to come here.

Debris piles can be found everywhere, but friends of Lisa Brasso and her husband Brian Quinn came to the aid.

Brasso said he was lucky that his basement had been flooded since the previous owner had built the house after the flood 35 years ago.

“We have a new Airbnb suite and it’s gone, but the rest of our house is fine. It never got to the top. We have our home. Not many people here do that and it’s really difficult, ”Brosso said.

Quinn pointed to where the water had entered the basement.

“You can see it come down from the back door, open the door, and smash the doorframe, and some kind of swirl into it, and everything is wrapped up,” Quinn said, pointing to the basement.

“The power of the water is incredible.”

Brosso said she was worried that there would be flooding despite her efforts to put a bag of sand in and saw her fear pass.

“We were on the street and there was boom and pop and it came on the banks,” he said.

Many Princeton residents went from house to house and lent a hand to the unlucky.

“Our town is amazing,” said Brittany Antonique.

“It’s devastating. I mean it’s still a shock. All cellars are fully saturated. We are trying to do the best we can. ”

November 21, 2021.


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