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Evacuation orders, and alerts due to flooding are still in place for homes on the Upper Nicola Band reserve.

Chief Harvey Mcleod says 12 homes have been evacuated, and two remain on alert in the Quilchena area of the reserve.

30 members are being affected by the flooding.

"The orders and alerts will be in place yet. Right now, our focus is on sandbagging areas not yet submerged, as we prepare for the potential of more flooding during a predicted warming trend the next couple days."

McLeod says those displaced are staying with family and friends.

Repairs to the Mamit Lake dam won't happen until the water subsides.

High water levels damaged the spillway at the dam Saturday, sending mass amounts of water down Guichon Creek, which lead to flooding and evacuation alerts for roughly 40 properties in Lower Nicola.

Spokesperson Peter Martell from Highland Valley Copper, which monitors and maintains the dam for the Lower Nicola Indian Band, says the dam remains partially operational.

"Although the levels have dropped over 20cm in the last couple days, we still continue to closely monitor the situation, and still assessing possible management options."

Commissioned in 2013, the Mamit Lake dam is unrelated to mining, and used to manage agricultural water flows and sustain fish habitat.

 

Improvements being made in Logan Lake following last week's extreme rain event.

Chief administrative officer Randy Lambright says Chartand Creek has subsided considerably after flooding where Hwy 97C and D cross paths.

"There were able to assist in saving one land of Hwy 97D, or Meadow Creek Rd, from complete collapse."

Hwy 97D remains closed this afternoon to traffic 10km east of Logan Lake.

"Both VSA and Ministry of Transportation staff are working diligently right now to get a bailey bridge in place."

At this point, there is still no estimated time for the highway to reopen.

First registered bear sighting prompts warning from City of Merritt.

After a bear was spotted this morning on Irvine Ave, Director of corporate services Melisa Miles is reminding city residents that it is against the rules to place your garbage on the curb before 5am the morning of pickup.

"Garbage is the number one attractant for bears, and can attract them away from their natural habitat. Bears are most active at night, so garbage must not be placed on the curb before the morning of pickup."

All containers must also be removed by 7pm on the night of pickup.

Those in violation of the solid waste removal bylaw, that went into effect in 2015, face a $100 fine for each offense.

Residents of the Thompson Nicola Regional District affected by the recent floods are now able to apply for financial assistance.

Emergency Management BC's Recovery and Funding Programs Manager Johanna Morrow has details on the Disaster Financial Assistance program.

"It's essential for people who have been impacted by a disaster that is uninsurable. So there's one key point there, if a person was able to insure for the disaster, we wouldn't be able to help."

More information can be found at www.gov.bc.ca/disaster financial assistance.

Applications must be submitted by August 5th.

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