LYTTON (June 30, 2022) – The BC Liberals continue to call on the provincial government to deliver a long-term plan for restoring structures and services in the village of Lytton, one year after a wildfire nearly destroyed the entire town.
“Residents want to know the government’s detailed plans for the future of their community, and they want clarity on the expected timelines. A long-term plan will also provide them with a means to hold the Province to account on its commitments,” said Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. “Although residents are being told they should be able to return to their community by September, even if this deadline is met, it only allows residents to start on the path of rebuilding. It provides no assurance as to when they will be able to enjoy the comfort of their own bed, under their own roof.”
BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon visited Lytton earlier this year, and says government inaction remains the biggest obstacle for residents wanting to see progress.
“It’s completely unacceptable that a year after suffering through this intensely traumatic event, the people of Lytton still have no measure of stability. They are still having to camp, couch surf, and bounce from motel room to motel room,” added Falcon. “We have yet to see a provincial funding commitment that matches what we’ve seen at the federal level. The people of Lytton went through a nightmare a year ago, and this NDP government’s inaction has continued to drag out that nightmare for the last 365 days. This speaks to a lack of leadership and competence.”
On top of this uncertainty and stress, Tegart notes that the first anniversary of this devastating incident will likely trigger a wave of painful memories, as well as grief over just how much was lost — homes, businesses, and most tragically, two members of the community.
“Although residents remain scattered around the province, still in temporary accommodations, it’s important that we find ways to connect and be there for each other during this challenging time,” concluded Tegart. “Yes, the people of Lytton are resilient — but they are exhausted, and they need to see some light at the end of this very long tunnel. I remain hopeful that in the coming months, the rebuilding process will start to move more quickly.”
Tegart reminds her constituents that her office continues to be reachable toll-free at 1-877-378-4802 for anyone seeking information or assistance during this difficult time.