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Situation not improving for the Upper Nicola Band.

Chief Harvey McLeod says they have brought in pumps, but considering how high the lake is, he is not sure they will help at all.

As for when the 58 people who have been evacuated might get to go home, he says it looks like it won't be for a while.

"Right now we are taking it day by day, re-evaluating when people can return to their homes. But, it looks like it still may be some time."

100 others in 28 homes and four RV parks are under an evacuation alert.

Warming trend on the way just in time for the long weekend.

Environment Canada's Alyssa Charbonneau says for the first time this year, the temperature is expected to hit  30 degrees in Merritt Monday, which won't help with flooding concerns in the Nicola Valley.

"There is definitely a feeling that usually we don;t get the best weather on the May long weekend. This weekend will be warm and sunny though, which probably excites most people. However, the warm conditions are expected to cause increased melting of the area snowpacks, increasing the risk of flooding throughout your area."

Charbonneau is expecting the warming trend to continue well into next week.

City of Merritt needing to replace another manager.

CAO Shawn Boven confirming that Superintendent of Public Works Darrell Finnigan is stepping down, after accepting the position of Operations Manager for School District 58.

"Darrell has been with us for 17-years, and has had a very successful and progressive career path."

Boven says they will be looking to replace Finnigan as soon as possible, and has not ruled out hiring from within.

"That position plans all the work. Is responsible for dealing with all the foreman, executing the work, and inspecting the work. It's really a key role."

Finnigan's last day with the city is tomorrow.

 

Merritt RCMP detachment to continue to serve as prisoner exchange hub for new Okanagan Correctional Centre.

S/Sgt Sheila White says the detachment has been successfully facilitating prisoner exchanges from both the interior and lower mainland for the new prison for over six months now.

"It's not impacting our detachment enough to terminate the arrangement. Having said that, we are constantly reassessing the situation, to make sure it is not negatively affecting our detachment or officers."

The prisoner exchanges are done by the Sheriffs transferring the prisoners, and only in rare occasions involve members from the Merritt RCMP detachment.

Royal Canadian Legion #96 making a $4000 donation to the Kengard Manor Fire Relief Fund.

The funds come from the sale of poppies in the area, and Poppy Fund chair Moe Dixon is hopeful it will help help residents displaced by the fire that destroyed the apartment complex on Merritt Ave back in March get back on their feet.

However, she says it took nearly a month to get clearance to donate the funds.

"Poppy money is usually for veterans, and their dependents. But, this was declared an emergency and I received clearance from the higher-ups to help the displaced residents in this time of need."

Nearly 60 people were displaced by the apartment complex fire, with the majority not having insurance to cover the cost of lost items or relocation.

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