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As many 100 students to will receive certificates, or diplomas today from NVIT.

President Ken Tourand says Chief Lee Spahan from the Coldwater Indian Band will be giving the Chief's address at the annual spring graduation ceremony, which will likely be held for the final time at the Merritt Civic Centre.

"The Civic Centre has been great. But our hope is that it will be in the new Centre of Excellence in Sustainability. Excavation at the site has started, and construction should be complete by this time next year."

The graduation ceremony begins at 1:30pm.

Of note, Tourand says because of the high-water levels in the Nicola River, pictures this year will be done at the Civic Centre, and not Rotary Park like in years past.

 

Threat of flooding in the Nicola Valley to continue for at least the next week to ten days.

A 'flood watch' in effect again for area rivers and streams.

The BC River Forecast Centre's Dave Campbell says the warming trend has increased flooding concerns for Nicola Lake, and thus the Nicola River.

"The big concern now is what is left of the snowpack particularly the high elevation snow. There is quite a lot there. Through the south interior and the Okanagan we have maybe melted 5% of the snow that is there at upper elevation levels. There might be more like half the melt at mid-elevation sites. There may be some uncertainty about how hot it gets but it at least alerts us we are coming back into a period this weekend and into next week we could see some deteriorating conditions."

Yesterday, due to the high-water levels of the Nicola River, the City of Merritt closed both Lion's and Rotary Park to the public.

Meanwhile, residents are reminded that they are responsible for sand bagging their own property, and that both sand and bags are still available in the parking lot across from the Merritt Civic Centre.

Merritt's Baillie House helping businesses celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

Manager Sandy Curnow says they have prepared 40 planter boxes for downtown businesses, which are to be filled with red and white flowers to help celebrate the sesquicentennial.

"We're trying to sparkle up downtown. The City of Merritt has its boxes, but only on a couple corners. Now, with 40 more boxes downtown, it should be more inviting."

Curnow says the planters are being distributed this week.

She also says the Baillie House is giving away special 'Merritt' Canada 150 pins while supplies last.

 

City of Merritt continues to monitor the Nicola River.

A press release from the city this afternoon states streets experiencing flooding will continue to be affected for the coming week to 10 days.

Also, with a warming weather trend forecasted, its expected the BC River Forecast Centre will upgrade the Nicola River to a 'flood watch' from the current HIGH streamflow advisory in place.

Meanwhile, due to the high-water levels in the river the City of Merritt has been forced to close both Lion's Memorial and Rotary Park to the public.

Any residents with questions or concerns is instructed to call City Hall at 250-378-4224.

 

Lower Nicola Indian Band asking displaced residents to continue to be patient, as work continues along Guichon Creek to prevent further flooding on the reserve.

Band communications coordinator Ruth Tolerton says the evacuation order for five homes on Fyall Rd remains in effect, and at this point there is no time frame for when members will be able to return.

"First the heavy equipment needs to finish working, and we don't know when that will happen. Then we must determine the ground is not completely saturated. Because, if we empty septic tanks and the ground is saturated, they could be crushed. Once the septic tanks are cleaned out and certified, then we will be able to do the necessary house inspection."

One positive note from today, Tolerton confirms the band was able to remove a boil water advisory for residents living in Rocky Pines.

 

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