Hummingbird Beach Resort

Hummingbird Beach Resort

June 28, 2012 11:59 ET

Resort Asks for Water Donations as Clean Up Begins After Mara Lake Flooding

SICAMOUS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) -

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Located 9 km south of Sicamous in Swansea Point on Mara Lake, Hummingbird Beach Resort has been on the front lines of the Mara Lake flooding. The resort is asking people to bring and donate water to the Swansea Point Volunteer Fire Department if they are coming out on the weekend. The Fire Department will distribute it to those in need.

A water ban was announced after a 20,000-litre gas tank toppled during the Mara Lake flooding, the major water body where many high-end cottages are located. Interior Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Trevor Corneil has said the water is still not safe to drink. The ban is in affect for Sicamous and Swansea Point. Residents are being encouraged to conserve all water use to prevent further compromising the municipal water system.

"We received many calls from people asking how they can help and after speaking with Swansea Point Fire Chief Mike Melnachuk, Columbia Shuswap Regional Director Rhona Martin and Sicamous Mayor Darrell Trouton, the best way to help is to donate water," says Steele Jordan, President of Hummingbird Beach Resort.

Water donations can be dropped off at the Swansea Point Fire Hall located south of Hummingbird Creek on the eastside of Highway 97a on the corner of Davidson Road. Water should be sealed and if people want to donate money to buy water they can email the Shuswap Emergency Program at: seopeoc.director@csrd.bc.ca for details.

Jordan continues, "The last few days have been eventful to say the least but we want to reassure cottage owners and buyers at Hummingbird Beach Resort that quick steps were taken to protect the resort and many residents across Hummingbird Creek.

"As the large volume of rainfall caused a surge of water through the tributaries of Hummingbird Creek, the build up of debris created a blockage causing the water to breach the banks and disperse throughout Swansea Point. As the threat of flooding and destruction from debris increased, we reacted quickly and took immediate action to clear debris from Hummingbird Creek so that the water could flow unobstructed and stay in the creek.

"These actions prevented any substantial damage to the resort and people's homes. Despite the upheaval most of the area was not affected by the Mara Lake flooding. The resort is still standing and in good shape as water has dispersed into the lake.

"Not everyone fared as well so to aid clean up efforts, we are asking people to donate water which will be of great benefit to home owners without water and to those working on the clean up."

The evacuation order for residents of Swansea Point was lifted on Tuesday afternoon. A helicopter, with officials from the Provincial Emergency Program flew over Sicamous and Hummingbird Creeks on Monday to assess their current state and potential for another washout. It was unofficially announced that things looked positive for Hummingbird Creek but PEP officials are remaining cautious with regards to Sicamous Creek.

Jordan says, "It's been tough, but the whole community is working together. We've had to postpone a Canada Day wine tasting and food fair at the resort to July 8th, but we will still take a break from clean up on July 1 to celebrate this great country. The holiday will take new meaning this year as things could have been much worse."

Highway Crews are continuing to rebuild roads and other infrastructure damage by the flooding. At present visitors coming from the north to Hummingbird Beach Resort will have to re-route by following the Trans-Canada Highway to Salmon Arm, head south on Highway 97B to Enderby/Grindrod and head north on Highway 97A.

For more updated photos and news alerts go to: http://www.hummingbirdbeachresort.ca/mara-lake-flooding

Hummingbird Beach Resort (www.hummingbirdbeachresort.ca) is a Mara Lake Estates Ltd. development whose owners have strong roots in the Okanagan and a successful track record in quality real estate. The vision for the resort is inspired by fond memories of spending summers by the lake as children and reliving the experience with their own children.

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