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Upper Nicola Band - Media Release

May 9, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

On May 6, 2017, Upper Nicola Band Chief Harvey McLeod declared the UNB Emergency Plan authorizing the opening of an Emergency Operations Center at the Upper Nicola Health office. This was in response to flooding and the elevated flood risks in several areas, including Indian Reserve #1 – Nicola Lake, #2 – Hamilton Creek and #3 – Douglas Lake. The Upper Nicola Band is located 30 kilometers northeast of Merritt, B.C.

On May 7, 2017 at 17:30 hours, twelve homeowners were issued Evacuation Orders; 40 people were evacuated. And, two homeowners, one business and one RV Park was issued an Evacuation Alert. Those evacuated have been assisted with emergency shelter and food.

To date, volunteers have placed several thousand sandbags in an effort to protect homes, properties and businesses. Over 100 volunteers from the community and other areas have been working since the evening of Saturday, May 6, 2017. Volunteers have also prepared meals for evacuees and volunteers, and assisted with information distribution.

On May 09, 2017 at 15:00 hours, UNB issued a second Evacuation Alert due to the continued risk of flooding; approximately fifty homes and four RV Parks located on IR #1 Nicola Lake and IR #2 Hamilton Creek received the Alert. Eleven homes continue to have Evacuation Orders.

The Upper Nicola Band Emergency Response Team is in continuous communication with the Provincial Regional Emergency Operation Centre to coordinate efforts with provincial agencies and to receive daily updates.

The Upper Nicola Chief and Council, Elders and community members are grateful for all the support, donations and volunteers that have assisted in our time of crisis. In the coming days, the Upper Nicola Band will welcome more volunteers to assist with our emergency efforts as we brace for the water levels to continue to rise.

Please monitor updates at www.uppernicola.com or the Upper Nicola Facebook page.

Any question or concerns can be referred to 250-378-5058.

Chief Harvey McLeod

Upper Nicola Band

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