GRAND FORKS (July 8, 2019) – More than one year after flooding damaged over 100 homes and displaced hundreds of residents on the flood plains in Grand Forks, John Horgan and the NDP have announced their recovery plan to buy out the properties of residents affected by the flooding.
Despite the city advocating for the buyouts to be assessed on the pre-flood values of properties, the NDP has announced that the assessments will be based on post-flood values.
Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen, expressed her concerns about how this recovery plan will affect the residents of Grand Forks.
“Under this plan, most of the affected properties will lose their value by tens of thousands of dollars,” said Larson. “The affected residents do not come from high-income neighbourhoods. Many cannot afford lawyers to defend their cases and are afraid that they will go into debt purchasing new homes.”
MLA Larson is asking the provincial government to reevaluate its recovery plan to ensure residents are being treated fairly.
“This recovery process has been too slow and too damaging to the community,” added Larson. “It’s time for the government to use some common sense and provide the residents of Grand Forks with the proper relief that they deserve.”