Letter: Steveston explosion brought out the best in us

Dear Editor,

Re: “Richmond residents evacuated after explosion at apartment complex,” Richmond-News.com, July 11.

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I am a resident of the building Nautica North in Steveston where the natural gas explosion occurred on July 10.

I would like to extend my thanks for the quick response to the emergency. With such a big response, many departments were involved.

Firstly to Richmond Fire and Rescue who, while assessing the situation, provided quick updates when they had the time, as well as a laugh when needed.

The RCMP, whose members were kind to everyone I saw them speak to when people were understandably concerned.

The City of Richmond emergency services, who showed up with water and snacks as we were out for a long time, while the damage was determined.

And to TransLink, who provided the buses for people who needed to get out of the rain or rest.

Most importantly, the best thing to come of this was to see how this neighbourhood in Steveston came together.

To the people in my building who made sure everyone was doing OK and attempting to comfort those who were most affected.

People from neighbouring buildings who came around and offered drinks and snacks, as well as some who offered their washrooms.

Someone even brought around feminine products for those who needed them.

And to the gentlemen at Sanctuary Café, who came to see if anyone needed anything and to offer free coffee and washrooms to people who were evacuated.

It’s such a reminder that having a lovely community like we have in this Steveston neighbourhood is such a blessing and I’m thankful I get to call this area home.

Sandra Flynn

RICHMOND

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