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Evacuated Cache Creek residents get all clear to return home

May 01, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Evacuated Cache Creek residents have been allowed to return to their homes as flooding worries begin to ease in that region.

Wendy Coomber, communications director with the Cache Creek Emergency Operations Centre, says all residents who were evacuated along Cache Creek were allowed to return yesterday afternoon, April 30. That includes seven households, two motels and a campground.

Cache Creek flows into the Bonaparte River, which had Coomber concerned earlier this week when around 300 people in the area were put on evacuation alert. The alert has now been rescinded for 34 properties along the river who are in higher areas, although 174 properties still remain on alert.

Coomber says some of these properties face access issues, as they have driveways that could be flooded due to potential high water levels.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre has now added a high streamflow advisory for the Nicola River near Merritt.

No evacuation alerts have been issued in the Merritt area, according to Will George, manager of communications for the City of Merritt.

“We have information that’s on our Facebook page and we're providing updates there and as well as on our Twitter page and on the City of Merritt website, so we’re keeping local residents in the Nicola Valley up to date on that,” George says. “We’re informing residents of flood levels... or anything else to be aware of.”

The Salmon River near Salmon Arm, which stretches south to just west of Armstrong, is under a high streamflow advisory. 

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