In times of extreme stress and uncertainty in the Shuswap, there are some things that do not change.
The most important of these is that people in this area care about each other and are willing to help — going so far as to give the jacket off their back, a room in their home and a place at their table.
One of the most telling moments of this was the sight of Waterway Houseboats employees working side-by-side with Twin Anchors. These companies may be in competition for tourist dollars in usual circumstances, but in this time of flooding crisis, these companies are made up of people with their values firmly in the right place.
At such a time, it was all about helping each other, making sure no one was hurt, trying to salvage what can be saved and protect what remains.
One of the biggest blessings is that, at this point, no one has been seriously injured or killed. When you see the power of these raging torrents of water, it truly is remarkable no lives were lost.
Kudos to the emergency personnel, municipal staff, Sicamous’ mayor and everyone else who has been working flat out for days on end, helping with evacuations and trying to meet the needs of those who have been forced from their homes. The fact that they are still able to maintain a positive outlook is something to be applauded.
Indeed a word of thanks is due to everyone in the region who has stepped up in some way to help another. It is a testament to the goodness of our residents that there are too many good deeds in a situation like this to try to count.
But as we are well aware, the situation is not over and more work will be needed. The people of this region will continue to offer an amazing level of support. You can count on it.