With files from Kamloops This Week.

The Florentine has completed its evacuation of its residents out of the City of Merritt.

“Its been a long day,” confirmed the long-term care home in a social media post. Mattresses, boxes, and nightstands were also loaded up for the residents to take with them.

It is the second time in the calendar year that the home has had to fully evacuate its residents. An Evacuation Order was also in place during the summer wildfire season.

“Never thought we would be doing this again,” continues the post.

Due to the Evacuation Order in effect for the City of Merritt, Interior Health is relocating care home residents from Coquihalla Gillis House, Nicola Meadows and The Florentine, as well as patients from the Nicola Valley Hospital and all community health clients.

The Nicola Valley Hospital and emergency department is closed until further notice. Anyone who requires emergency care should call 9-1-1 or visit the emergency department at Kelowna General Hospital or Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

Anyone wishing to confirm their loved one’s evacuated location can call 1-877-442-2001.

Interior Health will continue monitoring flood activity across the region. Evacuation planning includes supporting anyone who may be in isolation due to COVID-19. Interior Health said it will ensure separate arrangements are made for anyone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 to protect the public from potential exposure.

Emergency Support Services reception centres are located at the following locations:

• McArthur Island, 1655 Island Parkway, Kamloops

• Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, 1950 Mamette Ave., Merritt

• Parkinson Activity Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna.

Evacuees should register online at  https://ess.gov.bc.ca/  or call 1-800-585-9559 for more information.

Those requiring support during this crisis are encouraged to call the BC Crisis Line at 310-6789.