UPDATE: The TNRD will hold a public meeting for Stump Lake residents at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the church at Douglas Lake Road and Highway 5A. TNRD and provincial representatives will attend to answer questions about rising levels in Stump Lake.
A state of local emergency due to flooding was declared today (May 3, 2018) in Electoral Area M (Nicola Valley-North).
A state of local emergency allows local authorities to exercise emergency powers to order the evacuation of residents from their homes, prohibit travel and enter private property when an emergency threatens lives, properties or the environment within the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s jurisdiction.
No evacuation alerts or orders have been put into effect so far in Electoral Area M, which includes Stump Lake, where residents have been asking that the water level be lowered.
It also includes Nicola Lake, where an early flood advisory was issued this morning for residents who may be impacted by water levels upstream or downstream of the Nicola Lake Dam.
Inflow into Nicola Lake has increased over the past week and the water level is rising at a rate of 15 centimeters per day. Residents are advised to protect their docks, septic systems and any other infrastructure that might be at risk of damage in the event of high water levels.
Residents needing sand and sandbags are advised to contact the TNRD at 1-877-377-8673.
The state of emergency has also been extended for Cache Creek, which has experienced local flooding since last Friday.
In Electoral Area P (Rivers and the Peaks), two locations are being monitored. The Province will assess a situation on Glenacre Road in McLure with respect to a concern about erosion of the North Thompson River back channel that could impact access to a property.
As well, sand and sandbags are being deployed on the north side of the Pritchard Bridge in response to residents reporting swelling tributaries.
— Mel Rothenburger, Director, Electoral Area P