Many residents of Princeton, British Columbia are still digging out of the floods

Princeton, British Columbia — Mario Lutev could hardly sleep for four days until Saturday, when he piled up ruined belongings on the street outside his home in Princeton, British Columbia.

The vast downtown area of ​​the community, two hours south of Kamloops, was destroyed when the Tulameen River crossed the embankment and flooded homes, forcing people to evacuate.

The community still issued evacuation alerts, but for many people like Lutev, the damage did not get any worse.

“Around the corner, the small streets along the way were full and like a tsunami. But when they were treated, it was when the water treated my space and everyone else on the road. “He told the Canadian press.

A black mud thought coat covers everything on the ground floor of the house. Loutef has been working 24 hours a day since access was granted. The board has been stripped from the wall, and a dirty line about 2 meters above the wall shows how deep the water is.

“I lost everything. We lost everything, my wife and I. I don’t know where to start. I don’t know where to end.”

“I’m trying to save my tools: bread and butter, because without it I can’t make money. I’m almost on the slopes … I’m trying to pun.”

The streets in this area are closed. Suction trucks are trying to remove accumulated water from some basements. The streets and sidewalks are muddy.

“It’s like a fight alone,” said Loutef, who worked alone.

“I remember my wife saying,’Don’t forget to take off your shoes,’ so I have to show her. She was so shocked that she didn’t want to get down here. He said he wouldn’t smoke at home, “he said, flipping cigarette butts on the floor.

Mountains of wreckage can be found everywhere, but Lisa Broseau and her husband Brian Quinn have a friend come to help.

Brosseau said he feels lucky because the previous owner built the house after the flood 35 years ago, even though the basement was flooded.

“There’s a new Airbnb suite and it’s gone, but the rest of the house is good. It never topped. There’s our house. Many people around here don’t, and It’s really difficult, “Brosseau said.

Quinn pointed out where the water entered the basement.

“You can see it coming down from the back door, blowing the door, tearing the door frame, swirling it like a whirlpool, and seeing everything wrapped up and destroyed,” Quinn said. He pointed to the basement and said.

“The power of water is incredible.”

Brosseau said he was worried that a flood would occur despite the efforts of sandbags and saw it happen.

“We were just down the street, there was a boom and pop, and it came to the bank,” she said.

Many of Princeton’s inhabitants went from house to house, reaching out to those who weren’t so lucky.

“Our town is wonderful,” said Brittany Antonic.

“It’s devastating. I still think it’s a shock. All the basements are completely saturated. I’m just trying to do what I can.”

NS Bill Gray Brand

Canadian press


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