Return Home Plan Information Update – November, 11:30 AM

By November 23, 2021No Comments

Phase 1: North of the RCMP Station

The evacuation order for Phase 1 of the Return to Home Plan will be lifted today, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon).

Residents of the Bench area can come home, under a Boil Water Notice. This means that all water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute and allowed to cool before it is consumed.

Everyone who comes home now should be aware that we have very limited water supply, and this needs to cover drinking needs, other uses of water at home, and fire suppression. We are asking all residents to consider whether or not their use of water is essential before they use it.

Phase 2: Between the RCMP Station and Nicola Avenue

More information on Phase 2 of the Return Home Plan will be made public on Thursday, November 25.

Phase 3: South of Nicola Avenue

Any changes for Phase 3 will be considered on a block-by-block basis and will be publicly announced when information becomes available.

Returning to Merritt:

We understand that residents in Phase 2 and Phase 3 areas are eager for more information about when they will be able to return home.

The City of Merritt only has one operational well, which is supplying all the water for the entire City of Merritt. Residents of Phase 2 will be able to return home when the City of Merritt can provide clean drinking water and sewage services to this area.

There are three main challenges for the Phase 3 area:

  • The water supply needs to be increased, with at least one more functioning well.
  • The water pipes need to be flushed and checked for safety.
  • The sewage and drinking water distribution systems are tied together throughout the Phase 3 area.

Although there are properties in the Phase 3 area that were not directly affected by flooding, the downstream infrastructure has been heavily damaged, and in some cases destroyed. The City of Merritt is working hard to isolate these systems, repair, run bypasses, or replace them as necessary.

We ask for patience as we work as hard as we can to get them to a position where people can come home as soon as possible.

Visit our Return Home Webpage below for more information:

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