The Current

The Current for Nov. 26, 2021

Today on The Current: First Nations say they were forgotten in floods, and are struggling to find help now; rebuilding B.C. roads and highways must look to what comes next, says engineer; how the floods have affected people already on the margins
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

In our second special show on the devastating floods in B.C., we hear from First Nations who say they were abandoned even as officials knew a disaster was incoming, and are struggling to find help now. Matt Galloway talks to Chief Marcel Shackley of the Nooaitch Indian Band; and Chief Terry Teegee, regional chief for the B.C. Assembly of First Nations.

Then, the extensive damage to roads and highways has cut off emergency supplies and expertise needed in the recovery effort. We talk to Pat Reynolds, who runs an excavating company working on Highway 1; and Ian Pilkington, B.C.'s chief highway engineer.

Plus, the disaster in B.C. has displaced thousands, but what about those who were already on the margins, or homeless? We talk to Kevin McArthur, from the Lookout Housing and Health Society in Abbotsford; and Elijah Mack, a young Indigenous business owner who has been trying to help those in need.

And the CBC's Shelley Joyce and Doug Herbert recall some of the people they've met covering the floods, including volunteers who set up a play centre for evacuated children staying in a hotel.

Listen to Thursday's show, the first special on the B.C. floods, here.