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Despite still being in response mode, the Ministry of Transportation is starting to explore ways to keep 10-mile bridge open in the future.
 
District manager Trent Folk says the bridge west of Merritt remains structurally sound, and crews continue to work to clear sediment from Guichon Creek, which closed the bridge for several days last week.
 
The access point is critical to the region, and Folk says the focus will soon be all about preventing future closures.
 
"We have started to turn our minds to the long-term recovery moving forward. The good news is it remains structurally sound. But, we will be looking at the impact this year's flooding has had on the creek, and the area, as well as our structure. The goal is to keep this from happening again."
 
Ten-Mile bridge was closed in both directions for most of last week, cutting off access to the Merritt area for those living west of Guichon Creek, where flows have slowed considerably in recent days.
 
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Wildfire near Logan Lake growing considerably.

Kamloops Fire Centre information officer Brenna Ward says the fire near Tunkwa Lake was estimated at two hectares when it was first discovered yesterday afternoon.

At last check, it has grown to a whopping 150 hectares.

"Merritt has sent a second unit crew out. We also had a unit and initial attack crew that responded. So, there were about 40 crew members at the scene. Unfortunately, its suspected to be human caused."

Air support was also used to battle the blaze yesterday.

No structures are threatened, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

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BC Wildfire Service battling wildfire near Logan Lake.

Kamloops Fire Centre information officer Brenna Ward confirms a fire in an area near Tunkwa Lake first discovered this afternoon has already grown to 12 hectares.

"He have had reports of the fire candling. Initial attack crews and a secondary crew from Merritt are at the scene. At this point it is believed to be human caused."

40 BC Wildfire Service personnel are currently on scene, and air support has been deployed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

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Interior Health warning residents in the Nicola Valley there can be serious health risks associated with flooding.
 
Public Health director Courtney Hesketh says health officials always assume flood waters are contaminated and can spread diseases like E.Coli and salmonella, especially in rural areas.
 
"If you're on well water, do not use the water until you flush the system, the flood waters have receded and if possible, you've had some bacteriological testing of your drinking water."
 
Flooding from both the Nicola River and Guichon Creek has forced the evacuation almost 200 residents in the Nicola Valley in recent weeks.
 
For those with wet basements along the Nicola River floodplain in the City of Merritt Hesketh adds its important to thoroughly inspect any wet drywall, because when mixed with silt it can cause asthma, and in rare cases, black mould can be toxic.
 
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Merritt resident arrested and charged after attempting to trade tools for gas.

S/Sgt Lorne Wood says the incident involving a 45-year-old local male happened at an undisclosed gas station in Merritt on May 11th.

When officers arrived, they discovered the man well known to police breaching probation.

"The male subject is on several conditions including not to be found operating a motor vehicle without the registered owner present. As such, the vehicle was impounded, and the male was arrested for breaching his probation order."

The male charged remains in custody.

Wood also says he is facing a mischief charge for undisclosed actions that occurred once he got to the detachment.

 

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