Recovery underway for flood evacuees from Grand Forks, B.C. - 660 NEWS
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Recovery underway for flood evacuees from Grand Forks, B.C.

Last Updated May 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm MDT

Resident Lars Androsoff carries his friend's guitars as he walks through the floodwaters in Grand Forks, B.C., on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Dawn Harp and Androsoff were fully confident flooding didn't threaten their home near southern British Columbia's Kettle River.Then the couple awoke May 11 to the sound of floodwaters flowing beneath their Grand Forks home's floorboards.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

GRAND FORKS, B.C. – Emergency personnel in Grand Forks, B.C., say the recovery process has begun in the community of 4,000, which was hardest hit by this year’s flooding.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for all but 12 properties in the community.

Chris Marsh, director of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s emergency operations centre, says those properties are concentrated along riverbanks where sloughing and slope instability remain a threat.

On Saturday, the regional district is opening a centre to help all victims of the floods.

The centre brings 20 different agencies together under one roof to answer questions and provide assistance on everything from psychological and social support services to waste disposal.

Marsh says plans are also underway to arrange temporary housing for those residents whose homes are too dangerous to re-enter.

He say evacuees have returned home with a mix of loss, desolation and relief.