PE Ledger

Thursday, December 7, 2023

During the B.C. floods, a Princeton native is stranded at a motel with his family

‘It will take years to reconstruct this place,’ says the narrator.

A woman from the Island and her family are among the numerous people of Princeton, B.C., who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the area’s disastrous floods.

Jennifer Costain says the local fire department arrived at her door at 12 a.m. on Sunday and told her she had five minutes to leave.

“We were evacuated at midnight on Sunday night since we had nowhere to go “, she stated

Costain said she and her husband were at home at the time, along with their four children and three grandchildren.

“We went to a rec centre, or whatever you want to call it, and sat in some chairs till about four a.m. We were kindly allowed the use of her home for the night. I got a motel the next day.”

Costain’s entire family resides in the same home. She works at the motel, where they’re all now sharing a room.

She said she could see “lots and lots and lots of water” and people yelling “let’s go” as they left her house.

“When I was instructed to go, the water was already up over their doorsteps next door,” Costain added. “Everything I had on my main floor is no longer usable.” My bathtub and refrigerator are both covered in dirty water. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m just overwhelmed. I make an effort not to cry.”

Costain said the family was without water for a long at the motel and that they still don’t have hot water to shower or do laundry.

She said, “You can’t drink it because it’s tainted.” “You’ll have to buy water bottles to drink.”

To assist the family, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched. Over $3,000 has been raised thus far.

Costain said she didn’t know when the family would be able to return home safely.

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