07/30/2013 09:43 EDT | Updated 09/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Clark Commits Funds For West Kelowna Flood Work

Premier Christy Clark has made good on one of her campaign promises from the Westside-Kelowna byelection, announcing $500,000 in funding for flood mitigation work.

Over a year ago, in the spring, flood waters spilled over the banks of McDougall Creek, flooding four properties and prompting officials to declare a local state of emergency.

"When you see the power of nature unleashed, it can be a frightening thing. Let's make sure that doesn't ever happen again," Clark said in her new riding on Monday.

The district of West Kelowna is paying for a third of the project.

Jim Hart, whose home had water in the basement during the flood, was one of about two dozen West Kelowna residents who were on hand to applaud the announcement.

"Elated. It's just as simple as that," he said. "Premier Clark said she was going to do it, and by golly she right away did it and that's integrity and that means a lot to me."

"I'm the happiest guy on the block," added Doug Grant, who was also affected by the flooding last spring.

"Now I can sleep at night and I won't have to worry about that anymore."

The work is expected to be completed this fall.

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