TNRD declares state of emergency in Area N

By on May 18, 2017
Photo courtesy of Kamloops This Week.

 

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) has issued another state of local emergency in response to flooding in Electoral Area N (Beautiful Nicola Valley — South).

The declaration will allow work such as erosion control and other flood protection measures to be taken around waterways in the electoral area.

“This flooding emergency requires prompt co-ordination of action or special regulation of persons or property to protect the health, safety or welfare of people or to limit damage to property,” stated the declaration, which was made Thursday morning (May 18).

“The state of emergency was put in place so that they can cross private property to get to the river, to shore up the river and do in stream work,” confirmed Area N director Herb Graham. “Not that people are being flooded out right now, but [workers] had to go do some work and the people wouldn’t let em through.”

Area N encompasses parts of the Nicola Valley south of Merritt such as the Kane Valley, Sunshine Valley, Iron Mountain and Aspen Grove.

“I have heard that there is some concern about the Coldwater River, [where] it joins up with the Nicola River, we might get a terrible flood there pretty quick,” said Graham. “What they are trying to do is shore up the sides on the north side of [the Nicola River] to try and take some pressure off of the south side out in the Canford area.”

He said lands located below the fork of the rivers are at risk of flooding.

“And of course Sunshine Valley’s already got some flooding going on,” he said.

Debbie Sell, information officer at the TNRD Emergency Operations Centre, told the Herald there are a lot of restrictions around working with streams, and in riparian areas, so declaring a state of emergency gives the regional district the authority to take action in areas where — perhaps normally — things wouldn’t be done.

No evacuation alerts or orders have been issued by the TNRD for Area N to date, but there have been two issued in Area M (Beautiful Nicola Valley —North)

The TNRD also issued a state of local emergency for Area M, which encompasses Nicola Lake, Quilchena and Lower Nicola, back on May 9.

Residents of either electoral area are advised to evacuate if they feel they are in danger from the rising flood waters. Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the TNRD’s emergency operations centre at 1-866-377-7188.

The state of emergency in Area N will remain in force for seven days until May 25, 2017 at midnight unless cancelled by order of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District or the minister responsible.

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