Editorial: Better to be safe than storm sorry

After a week of hype, the third in a set of three weekend storms turned into a non-event for Port Alberni.

After a week of hype, the third in a set of three weekend storms turned into a non-event for Port Alberni.

Many people are pooh-poohing the amount of preparation that went into the storm’s anticipation. We have only to look back 10 years, to November 2006, to figure out why all the planning takes place.

Ten years ago, the city wasn’t prepared for the storm that brought hurricane-force winds and cut off the community both east and west on Highway 4. The entire city lost power, trees came down by the dozen—including Cathedral Grove—and there was widespread flooding.

Even as recently as two years ago, the Somass River overflowed its banks in a once-a-century event. The community rallied to help residents caught in the flooding, especially those living on the Tseshaht First Nation Reserve along the Somass.

Community leaders have now formed plans to be proactive when heavy weather events are predicted, instead of reactive. Emergency committees have plans on how to handle weather events, flood mitigation work has happened on Third Avenue to try and alleviate massive flooding in the area, and the City of Port Alberni continues to twin its water and sewer lines to take the pressure off both in heavy rains.

Yes, the storm was a virtual non-event, changing course at the last minute and hitting Washington State and Oregon with more force. But shouldn’t we be grateful that we’re fine, and not caught unprepared?

We have learned some things in the past 10 years and that’s not a bad thing.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

Just Posted

Two Port Alberni dancers headed to provincials

Jordan Simpson and Nyah Fox dance at Elite Dance Academy

High-profile Port Alberni murders are the centre of new true crime book

Retired journalist Shayne Morrow pairs historic murders with the science that solved them

Alberni’s Omega Pacific Hatchery releases third batch of chinook salmon

The independent facility is located near Great Central Lake

Alberni Valley schools celebrate First Nations culture

First Nations Spring Festival hosted by SD70 and NTC

Celebrate with Cycle Alberni for Bike to Work and School Week

Celebration stations kick off at Jumping Slug Community Cyclery

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

Most Read