British Columbia

Indigenous leader and former Liberal minister appointed to review B.C. wildfire, flood responses

A report with recommendations on the government's response to the disasters is due by April 30 from George Abbott and Indigenous leader Maureen Chapman.

Wildfires caused the province to declare a state of emergency in July that lasted 10 weeks

George Abbott and Maureen Chapman have been appointed to review how B.C. responds to wildfire and flood emergencies in the province. Abbott is a former Liberal cabinet minister and Chapman is an Indigenous leader. (The Canadian Press)

A former Liberal cabinet minister will help review British Columbia's response to wildfire and flood disasters this year that forced thousands from their homes and caused extensive damage.

Premier John Horgan says a report with recommendations on the government's response to the disasters is due by April 30 from George Abbott and Indigenous leader Maureen Chapman.

Evacuation orders affected more than 65,000 people this past summer as firefighting costs topped more than $564 million.

Firefighting costs topped more than $564 million in B.C. this summer during a record-breaking wildfire season. (The Canadian Press/Parks Canada-M.Kinley)

Spring floods in Cache Creek, Kelowna, Vernon and Dawson Creek washed out roads and waterfront properties.

The wildfires caused the province to declare a state of emergency in July that lasted 10 weeks, the longest in the province's history.

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