Emergency operations at Johnsons Landing are being scaled back

Operations scaled back at Johnsons Landing

The regional district says it is shifting its focus to long-term recovery and assistance for victims of flooding and landslides.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has announced it will focus on long-term recovery and assistance for Johnsons Landing residents and others affected by flooding, sloughs and other landslides.

According to a news release from the regional district, they will remain ready to respond to emergencies, but their staff and other agencies who have been working full time at the emergency operations centre in Nelson will return to their regular duties.

A recovery manager has been hired to respond to the needs of Johnsons Landing residents who are still evacuated, whose homes or property have been damaged or destroyed, or who are cut off from the rest of the community by the slide.

The recovery operation conducted by the BC Coroners Service concluded last week following the recovery of the remains of Rachel Webber. Her father and sister’s bodies were also found but a neighbour remains missing.

Fourteen properties at Johnsons Landing remain under an evacuation order after the massive landside devastated the community on July 12.

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