“There is a young women with two small kids living out here battling cancer. She can’t get off her street right now if she needed medical attention.”

“There is a young women with two small kids living out here battling cancer. She can’t get off her street right now if she needed medical attention.”

Tulameen B.C. isolated for days after snow storm

A late December blizzard isolated a small B.C. community for several days.

Jamie Caruso, a resident of Tulameen, said a lack of snow removal services put the town’s residents at risk after approximately two feet of heavy snow fell between December 19 and 20.

“People are getting stuck all over the place. I couldn’t even get out of my driveway for three days until a local resident, Aaron Kohler, went around and cleared as much as he could on his own.”

The region’s highway maintenance contract was awarded by the province earlier this year to AIM Roads, after being held for many years by Argo.

“People used to complain about Argo but I would take them back in a heartbeat,” said Caruso. “When residents called AIM they stated they would get to it when they get to it and Tulameen and Coalmont are not priorities. I would assume that because we pay taxes like everybody else we should have our roads cleared as well.”

The Spotlight was unable to reach an AIM spokesperson. However Bob Coyne, regional district director, said he has been monitoring the situation closely.

“AIM doesn’t have a full compliment of equipment yet and they haven’t been able to get it.”

In October Black Press reported that AIM was uncertain about delivery of the equipment it needed to do the job, but had hired sub contractors to assist.

Related: Roads contractor waits for snow removal equipment as winter looms

The province awarded 26 new road maintenance contracts over the past 18 months, exhausting the supply of available machines.

AIM recieved a 10-year-contract in the South Okanagan and Okanagan Shuswap in October 2018 for approximately 3,500 km of roads.

Coyne said one grader that was destined for Coalmont and Tulameen broke down, and another is now either en route or in action.

Tulameen has a year-round population of approximately 250 people, but it is a popular holiday destination with many seasonal residents.

Coyne said equipment is expected in Tulameen on Christmas Eve.

He added the community has pulled together, with neighbors helping neighbors by plowing them out, or ferrying in supplies.

“People who live in the rural areas should have a few extra groceries.”

Coyne also acknowledged the efforts of the local AIM crew members, who have worked around the clock using the equipment available.

“Kudos to them..they are doing the best they can.”

To report a typo, email:
publisher@similkameenspotlight.com
.



andrea.demeer@similkameenspotlight.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Primary Urgent Care Centre on Martin Street officially opened on March 31, 2021. (Brennan Phillips)
Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District reverses funding decision on care centre

Approval now granted to fund $1 million for Urgent and Primary Care Centre in Penticton

Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges all the empty vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that she has provided to customers at the Junction Chemist which is an independent pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C.’s 1st vaccine-induced blood clot case detected in Interior Health

Interior Health also recorded 52 new cases of COVID-19

Motorists breaking travel rules can be fined $230 for failing to follow instructions or $575 if the reason for travel violates the essential travel health order, at this Highway 3 check area near Manning Park. Photo RCMP
RCMP begin checking drivers on BC highways

Four check points are set up Thursday May 6 around the province

Similkameen Elementary Secondary School (google maps)
More potential exposures dates added to Keremeos school by Interior Health

The entire school week from April 26 to 30 now had a potential exposure

A new video from South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS), released May 6 in collaboration with the Okanagan Chambers COVID Response Coalition (#OKWeGotThis), features members of communities across the Okanagan including Oliver, Penticton, Peachland, Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Kamloops. (South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services/Screenshot)
VIDEO: Penticton immigrant service group releases video addressing racism in the Okanagan

Video begins by using real audio from racist incidents in the Okanagan

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O’Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

Starting Tuesday, May 11, B.C. adults born in 1981 and earlier will be able to register for a vaccine dose. (Haley Ritchie/Black Press Media)
BC adults 40+ eligible to book COVID-19 vaccinations next week

Starting Tuesday, people born in 1981 and earlier will be able to schedule their inoculation against the virus

Kelowna City Hall. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
New temporary outdoor shelter in Kelowna opens

The new area on Richter Street and Weddell Place replaces the Baillie Avenue site

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Rescue attempt costs man his boat off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Coast Guard response questioned after volunteer responder’s speedboat capsizes in heavy swells

Al Kowalko shows off the province’s first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C.’s first electric school bus making the rounds in Victoria suburbs

No emissions, no fuel costs and less maintenance will offset the $750K upfront expense

Road sign on Highway 1 west of Hope warns drivers of COVID-19 essential travel road checks on the highways into the B.C. Interior. (Jessica Peters/Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. residents want travel checks at Alberta border, MLA says

Police road checks in place at highways out of Vancouver area

Victoria police say the photo they circulated of an alleged cat thief was actually a woman taking her own cat to the vet. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Photo of suspected cat thief released by Victoria police actually just woman with her pet

Police learned the she didn’t steal Penelope the cat, and was actually taking her cat to the vet

Most Read