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Provincial investigation into the extensive flooding last year in the Merritt area complete, shows Nicola Lake was managed appropriately.

A Review of 2017 Flood Response: Okanagan Lake Regulation System and Nicola Dam, contains 65 recommendations for the Okanagan Lake Regulation System and Nicola Dam, regarding staffing levels, experience and training, and streamflow forecasting models in the face of climate change.

Provincial Drought Response coordinator Valerie Cameron says the overall findings conclude both were managed professionally and appropriately by ministry staff, and that the decisions made by staff were operationally sound.

"Consultants that looked at the report felt that the experience of the dam operators, both in the Okanagan and the Nicola, were really what was able to manage the systems. If they weren't so skilled, it could have been a heck of a lot worse."

The ministry has already started implementing some of the report's recommendations and is developing an action plan to address the remaining recommendations.

To view the report, CLICK HERE.


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