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No new major flooding events within the Thompson Nicola Regional District over the weekend.

TNRD EOC spokesperson Debbie Sell says they did deal with some Nicola River concerns, but other than that it's status quo.

As those stranded by the wash-out of the Mill Creek Rd, temporary access remains the only way in and out for many residents in the area.

"We still have temporary access going for residents near Mill Creek, that were having issues getting out because the road was washed out. They were unable to get out for a while, but there is now temporary access for those residents now."

Sell does note that Guichon Creek is still running quite high though, and says all evacuation orders and alerts remain in place, which continue to impact roughly 70 people.

 

Flood advisory lifted for the Nicola Valley.

The BC River Forecast Centre lifting the 'flood watch' for the area over the weekend.

Director Dave Campbell says the cooler weather, and minimal rain over the weekend kept the flood threat at bay both here in Merritt, and other parts of the Central Interior.

"Areas where there has been localized flooding, we are expecting levels to deteriorate."

Campbell does say however residents in areas already affected by flooding in recent weeks should keep sandbags in place, in case unstable weather revives the flooding, as the HIGH stream flow advisory will remain in place in area streams and rivers through the month of May.

As for the evacuation alerts and orders, all issued by the TNRD for the area remain in effect.

The Lower Nicola Indian Band rescinded an evacuation order for four homes over the weekend, but all evacuation orders and alerts still remain in effect for the Upper Nicola Band.

 

Could the flooding in recent weeks have been made worse because of the after effects of the devastation of the mountain pine beetle?

The Executive Director of the Fraser Basin Council Mike Simpson says there has always been concern about the hydrological impact, especially with respect to flooding.

"Ten, fifteen years ago regardless of what we did regardless of the level of logging we potentially knew there were going to be big changes to the hydrology of our watersheds. I think when you get the snowpacks that really accumulated in the last couple of months. The warm weather we had heavy rains. A perfect storm of all these conditions."

Simpson is hoping once the flooding is over, there will be a review of the situation this year.

 

Merritt Secondary School has moved up the list, but still not up to par according to the Fraser Institute.

According to the Fraser Institute's 2015-16 report on BC high schools, MSS ranks 267th out of the 293 schools graded.

With a grade of 3.5 out of 10, MSS moved up 7 spots from 2014-15.

Overall the last 5 years, Merritt Secondary School ranks 258th out of 264 schools.

Meanwhile, the numbers were better across the district at Princeton Secondary School.

With a score of 5.3, PSS ranked 198th, and 220th over the last five years.

The Thompson Nicola Regional District is waiving tipping fees for homeowners disposing of property that was damaged by recent flooding.

Information Officer with the TNRD Emergency Operations Centre Debbie Sell says the process is simple, and it starts with talking with the attendant at the disposal site.

"What the site attendant will do is take their name and location of their property for us, so that we can record what areas these are coming from. Because we do want to make sure that people are using it for the purpose intended, which is to allow people that actually have flood damaged materials to dispose of it."

More information, including site locations and hours of operation, can be found online at the TNRD's website, www.tnrd.ca.

Flood damaged items will be accepted free of charge until June 11th.

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