Bulkley Valley Emergency Support Services members deploy to Lower Mainland – Smithers Interior News

Matt Herzog, Director of Emergency Support Services (ESS) for the City of Smithers, and five members of the Bulkley Valley Emergency Support Services team were deployed on Friday November 26 to the Abbotsford area to help residents affected by flooding.

The volunteers who join Herzog are Captain Richard Ford, Captain Don Ford, ESS volunteer Gail Ford, Lieutenant Tom Kunkel and RCM Dorothy Cardinal.

The team is currently deployed to provide registration referrals and support to evacuees and other ESS teams. Herzog also provides management services to the City of Abbotsford.

They will be deployed until December 5, Herzog remaining in his capacity for the city.

“Our ESS teams have been constantly deployed over the past year or more, with wildfires and flooding, in our own region and across the province, so the Bulkley Valley team has gained invaluable experience. allowing it to contribute to the residents are currently displaced in the south and the other teams are helping, ”Herzog said.

“Right now, we are helping evacuees with accommodation, food and any incidentals they might need on the Tradex Center registration and referral site, and are helping other ESS teams in all ways. possible, ”Herzog explained.

Abbotsford has recently been affected by several atmospheric river events that have resulted in historic flooding and damage to infrastructure systems. According to Environment Canada, another system is expected to hit the Lower Mainland later today and tomorrow (December 2).

“We are in the midst of this third intense storm and I know parts of the Lower Mainland and Victoria there is some lull,” Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said.

“But I want to make it clear to everyone: this storm is not over. There is this little hiatus right now, but the major part of the storm is yet to come for the rest of the day.

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The ESS team takes a moment to pose in front of a Canadian Forces Voodoo jet fighter from their duty assisting in Abbotsford with flood support. (Photo by Matt Herzog)

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