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Press Release - Nicola River Flood May, 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The City of Merritt continues to monitor the water levels in the Nicola River.  The high water levels are a result of the combination of unusually heavy rainfalls and rapid melting of the above average snowpack.   The dam at the outflow of Nicola Lake is operated and monitored by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.   The City is appreciative of the regular communication received from the Ministry on the flows through the dam.

Water seepage and low level flooding along properties adjacent to the river systems will continue to be observed.   A few City streets currently have flood water on them and it is expected that those areas will continue to be affected in the coming week to 10 days.

Due to the high water levels the City has closed Lions Park and Rotary Park to the public.

There is no current risk to critical infrastructure and power.  Public works crews are working hard to maintain and protect these assets by placing concrete lock blocks and operating pumps in key areas to divert flows.

Residents are reminded that they are responsible for sand bagging their own property.  The City would like to express appreciation to all the community members that have come out to help their neighbours protect their property.  Sand bags and sand are available across from the Merritt Civic Centre.   Residents that are concerned for their safety, due to rising waters can call City Hall 250 378-4224.

For more information Contact:
Sky McKeown, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
City of Merritt
Telephone: (250) 378-5626
smckeown@merritt.ca