Evacuation orders and alerts continue as waters remain high

By Doug Collins
May 8, 2017 - 5:36am

KAMLOOPS — The election was the furthest thing from many peoples' minds in the Interior over the weekend, as high water created serious problems. Here are some of the updates for Monday morning. Other flood-related stories can be found on other sections of the CFJC Today website. 

Traffic is moving on highway 8, 300 meters east of Lower Nicola at Aberdeen Road. It's single lane, alternating traffic. The road had been closed most of the weekend, isolating Lower Nicola from Merritt.

An evacuation alert was issued for 41 homes in Mamit lake due to unstability at the Mamit Lake dam discovered on Saturday.

An evacuation alert is still in effect for a number of properties in the Mill Creek-Upper Nicola area. 

A number of homes in Cherry Creek are still evacuated at last notice...

The City of Kamloops situation seems to be under control, The Heffley creek washout was the biggest story in town this weekend but nothing new has occured in that area overnight. Old Highway 5 also remains closed between Tatlow Road and Creek Road after a washout in Heffley Creek Saturday,  but water service was restored over the weekend.

City crews continue to work at Campbell Creek, where high water flows forced the closure of Barnhartvale road. There is a detour around the site on Blackwell Road. 

The bank at Noble Creek has been temporarily repaired and the water returned to its natural water course. The City's public works department has cleared the roadway and has reopened Westsyde Road.

In the Shuswap area, search and rescue efforts continue at the Robinson Creek landslide in the 5900 block of Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road. Several crews are involved in the search for a 76-year old man whose home was completely enveloped by mud and debris from the slide. The evacuation order for the 13 properties within the evacuation zone is still in effect and the road remains closed until further notice. 

A boil water advisory is still in effect for the Sorrento water system after rising waters created turbidity in the supply. 

Now that the rain has dissipated somewhat, the next concern will be warmer temperatures, which will increase the snow melt, so residents hit by this flooding will be joined by others as rising waters will likely continue for some time yet. 

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