May 11, 2017
This information bulletin has been issued to assist residents in protecting their home and property from the increasing risk of further flooding.
Nicola River Flooding Notice
The City of Merritt has been advised on May 10, 2017, by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) that Nicola Lake is expected to rise an additional 700 mm (28 inches) from where it is today based on current inflow and outflow in Nicola Lake. These recent estimated lake levels do not account for any additional rainfall that may be experienced. It should be expected that the high river levels, resulting from the outflow, will remain for an extended period of time.
On May 9, 2017, FLNRO issued a warning about increasing water levels leading to more flooding this week along the Nicola Lake and Nicola River.
Protecting Your Home and Property
Click here for information from PreparedBC providing homeowners with helpful advice about protecting your home and property when at risk of flood waters. Sandbagging supplies (e.g. bangs for sand and sand) are currently available at the Merritt Civic Centre parking lot.
Click here to view the 200 year flood plain map to see if your residence may be impacted.
In addition to the anticipated rising water levels due to inflow and outflow, Environment Canada has also issued a weather alert for the Nicola area. The alert highlights that weather in the next few days “will lead to rising river levels and may increase the risk of flooding.” Full details about the weather alert click here.
Emergency Operations Centre
The City is prepared to open their Emergency Operations Centre if required. Residents will be advised if an evacuation alert/order is necessary.
Residents continue to be reminded that if they feel they are in imminent danger, they should evacuate immediately.
If you are a City of Merritt resident and require information or sandbagging supplies, please call the City of Merritt at 250-378-4224 or click here for sandbagging general information.