Flood mitigation efforts at Nicola Lake started over the winter proving no match for Mother Nature.
Despite getting the level of the lake lower than ever before, flood safety engineer at the Nicola Lake Dam Sarah Simon says it was impossible to keep up with inflows the last couple weeks.
"Despite being way down, our storage got eaten so fast. In the last two weeks we got all the water at once, and we didn’t have enough head on the lake to push water out. So, arguably the lower storage was not as valuable as we thought it would be."
Inflows to Nicola Lake topped out at 110 cubic metres per second last Friday, but until outflows are high enough to eclipse inflows the lake will continue to rise.
Roughly 70 residents in the City of Merritt remain under an evacuation order due to flooding from the Nicola River.