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Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Nicola Valley area this afternoon as a low pressure system moving into the area from the north making conditions ripe for thunderstorm activity today.

The threat of isolated heavy downpours delivering upwards of 15-mm-of-rain over a short period of time will exist this afternoon.

This is of particular concern as heavy downpours can cause localized flooding, flash floods and water pooling on roads. 

Showers and thunderstorms will threaten the area for the next 24 hours with another 10-mm-of-precipitation expected overnight into Sunday morning.

Keep listening to Q101 for more details or check out the road conditions anytime at

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Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 10 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,878 cases in British Columbia. This total includes a data correction of one case from yesterday's report.

"There are 159 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,545 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 17 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 969 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,514 in the Fraser Health region, 131 in the Island Health region, 199 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

"There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 174 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Nicola Lodge has been declared over. In total, five long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

"There have been no new community outbreaks. Public health teams continue to provide support for the two remaining community locations.

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The First Nations Health Authority and Dr. Shannon McDonald have provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on first nation communities across the province.

“Thanks to an extraordinary response from our first nations communities, the people that FNHA serves have faired even better than the rest of the population in the face of this unprecedented challenge,” said McDonald.

Throughout the pandemic, only 87 first nations individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. Sadly, there have been four deaths. There are currently only three active cases across the province.

“Of the 87 individuals, 42 live on or near a reserve,” added McDonald.

The Doctor did confirm that the 87 cases span all five health authorities including Interior Health.

More to come


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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing City of Merritt staff to work from home earlier this year, the City has seen a surge in construction value in 2020.

Recently CAO, Scott Hildebrand provided a brief update on the situation after the City issued a pair of building permits to BC Hydro.

“Two building permits were issued to BC Hydro to complete their substation improvement project for a total construction of $2.6 million,” said Hildebrand. “We’re already at $14 million in construction value to date compared to just under $5 last year.”

Overall last year the City of Merritt had a total construction value of $12.9 million with the majority of that coming from the residential sector.

It should be noted that 2019 was a down year for the City compared to the two prior, with 2017 totals above $24.7 million and 2018 hitting $16.7 million.


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Back in late May, Merritt City Council approved several motions aimed at helping businesses.

The temporary measures included waiving the development permit application fee and the requirement to submit professional design drawings for the development of a commercial patio.

The idea is that it would allow local business to expand their footprint, allowing them to serve more customers while maintaining proper physical distancing requirements.

“We’ve issued two development permits for patios and we’re processing a third,” said CAO Scott Hildebrand.

The other measures that were taken to help businesses were;

- Waiving the Sign Permit application fee and the requirement to submit a colour rendering for the installation of a sign for a home-based business, or commercial or industrial signs.
- Waiving the Development Permit application fee for commercial façade improvements.
- Enabling retail businesses to apply for approval of outdoor display of goods which do not conform to the Business Licence Bylaw regulations, subject to approval by the Planning and Development Manager.

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