The Village of Cache Creek, which sits at the junction of Highway 97 and Highway 1, experienced a heavy rainfall May 23, causing waterways to divert and wash debris from surrounding hills down into the village. Debris from the flood caused the closure of Highways 1 and 97 at that time and the highways are currently down to single lane alternating traffic while road crews repair ditching 6 km north of Junction with Highway 1, at Cache Creek to 10 km north of Junction with Highway 1, at Cache Creek (4 km), until May 28.
The village was set to a state of emergency on May 24 by Village officials and an evacuation alert and order were issued for four separate areas within the Village.
Several homes were damaged in the flood and currently there are fundraisers in place to raise money to assist residents and the village through the crowdfunding platform blackpress4good with Fundrazr, and also on gofundme.com for two residents Mary-lou Jyhla and Charlene Milward, who lost their homes in the flood.
If you would like to donate to the Village of Cache Creek go to: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/8zs29.
- With files from Barbara Roden
Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal