The past few weeks have been hectic, to say the least. The impact from the flooding, and the flash floods in Two Mile and Swansea Point, is still being felt with varying water advisories in place, evacuation alerts and, of course, the ongoing recovery effort. And no chances are being taken. Just this Monday morning, Two Mile residents were being cautioned to be ready to evacuate ASAP as the water level in Sicamous Creek had once again dropped dramatically and the water was flowing muddy. Highway 97A was closed and a helicopter was sent up so the upper levels of the creek could be assessed for blockages.
It was soon discovered, thankfully, that there was no cause for alarm and the highway was quickly re-opened.
Meanwhile, the weather has once again changed from extreme wet to extreme heat, and regional and local fire officials are urging everyone to take extra caution when enjoying our beautiful back country trails and camping areas. With forest floors covered in an abundance of dried-out fallen fuels, it takes very little to start a wildfire.
Despite all of this, life, as they say, goes on in Sicamous, with great people doing great things in and for the community.
On Friday, Sicamous’ own NHL superstars Cody Franson and Shea Weber held their inaugural Sicamous Shootout at Hyde Mountain, and raised more than $100,000, which will be divided between the BC Cancer Foundation and the Sicamous disaster relief fund set up at the Sicamous SASCU branch.
On the prior weekend, the Sicamous Stingers took the U12 Girls Regional Provincial Championships held right in Sicamous’ own Finlayson Park.
Preparations are underway for a party/fireworks display on Aug. 4 at the Beach Park to thank everyone who volunteered their time or donated items to help the community in its time of need. Yes, Sicamous is moving forward, eager to leave the hectic times behind.