Princeton announces new emergency response facilities in the face of growing natural disasters

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Mar 23, 2023 – Casey Richardson/Castanet

The Town of Princeton unveiled projects on Wednesday that will aid emergency services within the community, acknowledging that the upgrades are built to help face the consequences of climate change.

The Similkameen has been working on recovering from the floods of November 2021, when many areas in southern B.C. were hit hard by the atmospheric river that ruined homes and damaged local infrastructure.

Bowinn Ma, B.C. minister of emergency management and climate readiness and Roly Russell, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen, were present on Wednesday for the announcement of the future site of the town’s second firehall, emergency operations centre and fire training center in the industrial park.

Minister Ma added that’s why her ministry was expanded to include the realities of climate change.

“The extreme weather events that we have been seeing over the last few years, wildfires, droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme cold ice storms, they are unfortunately going to be occurring more frequently, with greater intensity, longer duration, and the impacts to communities in British Columbia are very, very real,” she said.

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