UPDATE: Search continues for Cache Creek fire chief

More than 50 search and rescue crews continue looking for Clayton Cassidy

Cache Creek residents continue to deal with flooding throughout the community due to snowmelt and heavy rain.

Meanwhile, rescue crews have resumed their extensive search along Cache Creek for missing Fire Chief Claytone Cassidy who was reported missing Friday morning, believed to be swept away by the creek while checking water levels.

Kamloops Search and Rescue are using drones, the SAR service dog team and swift water rescue members in the hopes of finding 59-year-old Cassidy.

More than 50 search and rescue volunteers are taking part in search efforts, including from Vernon, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge and Mission.

Cassidy was honoured with the B.C. government’s Medal of Good Citizenship for his ongoing efforts in the community. He has been a member of the Cache Creek fire department for more than 30 years.

As the search continues, local resident Lisa Dafoe questioned how the community is going to move past this tragedy.

“Clayton was doing what he loved to do. He loved to help people. He was always giving, always smiling,” she said.

Liberal leader Christy Clark visited the community Saturday, reflecting on 2015 flood that caused substantial destruction in the area.

RELATED: Liberal leader Christy Clark visits Cache Creek

“I was here in 2015 when there was a devastating flood in this community and I learned then that people are incredibly resilient here,” she said.

Community continues to battle flooding

Other emergency crews have been sandbagging areas hit by high water levels, including the local fire hall on Friday afternoon.

Flood levels have decreased, but an evacuation centre has been opened at the local community centre, in preparations for any possible changes.

In Kelowna, a local state of emergency has been declared and areas in the west are being evacuated. Vernon is also seeing increasing water levels.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Langley Rotarians work for clinics in Kenya

Local Rotary Clubs are asking locals to think of others at Christmastime.

Looking Back: Dec. 14, 2017

The community’s history as recorded in the files of the Langley Advance

Throwback Thursday: December 14, 2017

Can you help us caption a photo from Langley’s past?

Giants invite fans to toss teddy bears at Langley game

The annual Teddy Bear Toss takes place at this Sunday’s home game in the LEC.

Langley Christmas Fun: a listing of holiday events, Dec. 14, 2017 edition

Langley events: LangleyAdvance.com/add-event or news@langleyadvance.com (subject: Christmas Fun).

VIDEO: Carollers bring festive sounds to Langley City most Fridays

Shoppers will once again be entertained by choirs, musicians and bands this month in McBurney Plaza.

Debt-to-household-income ratio rises in third quarter

Total household credit market debt grew to $2.11 trillion in the third quarter

B.C. Mountie told to resign after texting teenage sex assault victim

RCMP documents say Const. Brian Eden sent sexually inappropriate photos to 17-year-old girl

Family doctors should learn to treat addiction, not shun patients: scientist

B.C. Centre on Substance Use’s Dr. Evan Wood said efforts underway to change addiction medicine image

Update: Small fire near Maple Ridge tent city

Occurred outside camp Wednesday night

Four dog deaths investigated in Cranbrook

One vet suggests a parallel to these deaths and similar ones in 2016

Meningococcal disease outbreak declared in Okanagan

Five cases in last six months among 15- to 19-year-olds, including one in Vernon

Military life gives way to chance as author

Retired Chilliwack officer pens book about life in Afghanistan

Province rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops

KGHM Ajax had proposed a 1,700-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine, just southwest of Kamloops

Most Read