With word today that 29 homes were destroyed in the Rock Creek Fire — the question now — what’s next for the owners?
Emergency Management BC’s Chris Duffy says it’s too soon to talk about provincial compensation for homeowners who lost everything in the blaze.
“It’s a little early to commit to that right now. And again, you know, our focus is on response and public safety. We’ll work with those individuals in the days ahead to identify the supports that we can.”
Duffy says the first step is to look at the insurance situation for the owners of the lost homes.
He says that’s the key difference between this disaster — and the one that wiped out part of Cache Creek earlier this year.
“Insurance isn’t available for overland flooding — but insurance is available for fires. And so we look at that and then from there we’ll look to see which way we can support folks with whatever mechanisms we can.”
Duffy says as of early Sunday, about a third of the 29 homeowners have been informed of their losses, and a meeting is planned for this afternoon.