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Water Leak

The City of Merritt is informing Merrittonians of a water leak affecting residents on Priest Avenue and Parcel Street.

“Please note water has been turned off to citizens in this area. A City of Merritt Public Works crew is currently working on-site to fix the water leak. Residents should expect water interruptions for up to 8 hours,” said Communications Manager Will George.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

 

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Merritt Flourish Under the Sun

Merritt City Council has approved a grant application to fund the repairs to the KVR pedestrian bridge west of town.

If successful, the grant application will fund 100 per cent of the project which will cost approximately $80,000.

The KVR Pedestrian Bridge crosses the Nicola River just before the Coldwater and Nicola Rivers meet. The pedestrian bridge connects to the Coldwater River Trail.

“In April 2020, a bridge inspection report completed by Watson Engineering indicated that the structural integrity of the bridge was damaged due to erosion of the concrete footings supporting the bridge. They recommended temporary emergency repairs due to Freshet timing. The inspection report is included in the attached grant application,” said Public Works Superintendent Charlie Henderson.

“The project is a retrofit and repair of infrastructure damage, due to freshet erosion, to the footings of the KVR Pedestrian Bridge,” added Henderson.

If approved, the work would be done during the summer, allowing all activities to occur above the water with no impact or disruption to aquatic habitat or water flow.

 

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MSS

School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen is once again informing parents of a positive case of COVID-19 among the community at Merritt Secondary School.

This is the third letter distributed by the school district in the past week informing parents and students of positive COVID-19 cases.

The exposure is stated to have occurred on January 6-8, 11, 12, 2021.

The Interior Health Authority is responsible for contact tracing for the positive cases at MSS and will contact anybody who needs to self-isolate as a result of the exposure at the school.

In a letter sent home earlier this week, SD58 Superintendent Steve McNiven outlined what steps are being taken by the district.

“In response to these exposures and increased level of anxiety, we want to remind and reassure you that we are following both Public Health and Ministry of Education COVID-19 protocols in all of our schools. These protocols provide greater control over the learning and work environment and are helping to provide increased safety for both students and staff. The protocols in place at all schools help reduce the likelihood of transmission and have proven to be effective across the province in supporting the health and safety of the members of our learning community,” wrote McNiven.

 

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Merritt COVID Jan 18

The BC Centre for Disease Control has released the latest Merritt specific COVID-19 data, covering the week of January 3-9, 2021. The data was delayed due to a lack of information for some areas in the province.

Two weeks ago, the area reported nine cases of the virus, the highest weekly increase throughout the pandemic.

That number was beaten for the week of January 3-9, the most recent week being reported, with 10 new cases.

Already in 2021, the Merritt area has seen positive cases of the virus at Merritt Secondary along with local restaurants.

There were 12 cases confirmed in all of December plus the first two days of the new year.

For comparison, the Kamloops area recorded 62 new cases this week, and Kelowna announced 110.

The latest figures are scheduled to be released on Wednesday.

 

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MSS

Every weekend Q101 publishes the ‘Week That Was’ highlighting some of the most interesting news stories of the week.

COVID-19 related stories will be mostly excluded from these articles (for the latest COVID-19 stats click here).

This week Merritt was talking about a stabbing in Lower Nicola, a shooting incident south of town, two positive cases of COVID-19 at Merritt Secondary School, and the first snowpack figures of 2021.

Assault in Lower Nicola sends one to hospital with stab wounds

The Merritt RCMP has released details into a stabbing incident in Lower Nicola which resulted in one victim being transported to hospital in Kamloops.

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Emergency Response Team deploys after shots fired South of Merritt

The RCMP in Merritt is now investigating after a man allegedly discharged a firearm during an apparent neighbour dispute Saturday evening in Kane Valley south of the Nicola Valley city.

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Low attendance at MSS following positive COVID-19 cases

This week School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen has confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19 at Merritt Secondary School.

The exposures were stated to have occurred last week on January 6 and 7.

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January snowpack figures above normal

The first snowpack report of the season has been published by the BC River Forecast Centre, and unsurprisingly basins across the province are above normal levels.

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