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More flooding expected on Nicola Lake and Nicola River

FILE PHOTO - A culvert is pushed to its limits in Kamloops' Barnhartvale neighbourhood.
May 09, 2017 - 1:40 PM

MERRITT – Water levels are expected to rise and lead to even more flooding along Nicola Lake and the Nicola River.

The water in Nicola Lake has been rising 24 centimeters per day and it is filling at a rate 40 per cent higher than the historical maximum, according a B.C. government media release.

A state of local emergency was declared last night, May 8, for the Nicola Valley as result of flooding and the potential for more flooding. 

Thunderstorms and heavy rain are on the way this week and officials expect lake levels to rise about 1.3 metres, pushing the water through the emergency spillway.

The province says flooding in Merritt and areas downstream along the Nicola River will occur.

Ministry of Natural Resource Operations staff are currently monitoring conditions in Merritt and around Nicola Lake. Property owners are advised to move all equipment away from the water.

High flow may cause the sudden collapse of river banks, the province says. Keep kids and pets far away from streams, flooded areas and bridges.

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