A flood warning was issued Sunday evening for Merritt, British Columbia, as water levels in the Coldwater River continued to rise and more evacuations loomed.
“The waters of Coldwater are rising again. We continue to work closely with the BC River Forecast Center and our own field monitors, ”said Mayor Linda Brown in a video posted to the city’s Facebook page.
“We continue to hope for the best and plan for the worst. “
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Brown noted that “all is not gloomy” as crews were able to repair dikes, strengthen river banks and protect infrastructure.
Earlier Sunday, the Canadian Armed Forces arrived to help strengthen the flood defenses.
“Their work will help ensure that we are as prepared as possible when the next pulse of flow hits us. “
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Also on Sunday, the city suspended daytime access to evacuees living in an area hit hard by the recent disaster.
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Residents using limited access to parts of the city under an evacuation order south of Nicola Avenue were told they had to leave before 3 p.m. due to the threat of flooding. Emergency personnel will not perform door-to-door checks, Brown said.
“You should be ready to go on short notice. “
A resilience center has been established in collaboration with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, disaster financial assistance, the Canadian Red Cross and mental health support services.
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Teams continued to work to protect critical infrastructure, including the city’s sewage treatment plant and the dikes along the Coldwater.
“Despite the incredible efforts of City crews to strengthen and restore the banks of the Coldwater River, our community is still vulnerable to flooding,” said Brown.
“The river is rising and we are watching our banks and are ready to do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of our citizens. “
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Meanwhile, residents of 56 properties near Highway 8, west of Merritt, were ordered to leave their homes on Sunday amid heavy rains.
The Thompson Nicola Regional District issued the order for properties in the Petit Creek / Spius Creek area of Electoral Zone “I” due to a flood risk for the Spius Creek Bridge.
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