Category: Fire and Flood

TGIF- high hazard in bush…

Merritt BC experienced a quick run off beginning in the 1st week of May. High water and dry conditions see a high forest fire hazard in the local woods at this writing.
The holiday weekend saw a break in the river levels giving some relief to sand bagging efforts.

On this Day: May 25th 1977
Star wars is released in theaters.


TGIF- Evacuation

This helicopter dropped abucket of something on a field near the nicola river, we asume it to be bug spray

Helicopters doing work can be an overhead hazard
File photo KDG

Sewer backups are causing some evacuations in Merritt. high waters are visibly on the retreat. Helicopters are seen in the air carrying water barrels.

On this Day: May 18th Mount St Helen erupts and effects the Pacific Northwest of North America.

High water, Vogt street bridge reopened


Friday March 12th 2017, saw road closure on Garcia St File Photo KDG

Run off caused high levels of water in the valley with sandbagging on 2nd avenue and Garcia Street. Work still in progress for some. However the Voght street bridge was reopened after midnight on the 16th.


On this Day: May 17th 1977
Chuck E Cheese opens for the first time.


Moon at three quarter. August ,Merritt BC FilePhoto KDG


The space administration in the US is asking for public help to create a global landslide data base.

Collar is the Cooperative  Open Online Landslide Repository is a project that will use algorithms to predict posiible landslides.

Nasa plans to use a landslide reporter to work this project you can help by reporting:

report landslides

The Landslide Reporter is on Facebook as well.  Face book landslide reporter

On this Day May 8th 1980

Smallpox is declared eradicated by the WTO.


Shortly after 2AM this morning an emergency alert was broadcast on Global BC telling people of a Tsunami and to go inland, this was all down the BC coast including Vancouver. Over time and expecting waves to reach lower BC by about 5 AM the alert was lifted before the expected time arrived.
The recently restored, agency NOAA National, Oceanic and Atmospheric  administration US (after the US Government shut down)  reported that there was no longer a danger.

Wave warnings on the coast are still in effect from tidal and wind actions.

On this Day: January 23rd 1846

Tunisia outlaws slavery.

BC flood and wildfire reviews


Rip Rap installed at Central park File:Photo KDG

Between January and March 2018 there is a review team in BC meeting with community members in regard to the response to recent wildfire and flood events.

The independent review was commissioned by the Province to examine government plans for, and responses to, flood and wildfire events, with a focus on the 2017 season. It will examine the implementation of both provincial and local government emergency management systems to determine how the Province can improve its governance systems, statutes, regulations, policy, and leadership practices to benefit responses to future emergency events

Between January and March 2018, the review team will meet with community members, regional and local stakeholders, and government and First Nations leaders and officials – all of whom will help shape recommendations on how to better plan for and respond to flood and wildfire events in the future: source UBCM

On this day: January 17th 1773

Captain James Cook leads the first sailing beyond the Antarctic circle.


broken sign no contract….
Photo KDG

The gasoline price is at $1.10.9 cents a liter today a day before the long week end starts. The price represents a stable driving season and a management attitude by consumers. The absence of the McMurray fire this year may have  something to do with it and the Shell Station off Belshaw Avenue has not gone without supply as yet this season as was the case last season. At this writing a fuel truck is delivering there for the weekend.

The drought sign has gone up from normal meaning conditions are dryer act accordingly.

Gas buddy says that all  Merritt gas stations are on price. The average price is $1.22.3 and the lowest is 94.9 in BC. Trending up…


On this Day: August 3rd 1859
The American Dental association is founded.


Fire Smart Canada

two lines one at fire

Don Parno of Fire Smart Canada is having aa seminar on August first. The Seminar is on ways to lower your homes chance of ignition by wild fire.
The seminar is hosted by the TNRN and is at the Library 1691 Garcia st in Merritt.
IT is sponsored by the City of Merritt and FireSmart Canada. The time is 5-8 PM.
There is a sign up sheet at the library.

On this Day: July 19th 1976
Sagarmatha National park in Nepal is opened.

Smoke in the skies

The sun west of Merritt, Red from smoke..
Photo KDG

Smoke was back to the Nicola Valley on the weekend however overnight lows were 9 degrees C, with 1 degree dew point. Rain is expected here on Thursday.

On this Day: July 18th 1992

The first photograph is published on the World Wide Web.


All that remains of the Kengard Apartments.
Photo KDG

The Kengard apartment building  on Merritt Avenue was torn down after a fire earlier this year, leaving a pile of broken foundation blocks.


On this Day: June 7th 1975

The first world cup of Cricket game….

Cooler weather

City map on a shop on Voght Street.
File photo: KDG

The above map was made by a local sign painter some years ago, the art depicts the disposition of the two local rivers passing through Merritt BC.

Overnight brought a low pressure front to us in the Merritt area and a pronounced drop in temperature bringing the Nicola River level down about a foot at the Voght Street bridge, picnic  park semi submerged picnic table scale. Water also retreated back and past the last cross street/cul de sac on Garcia.
The overnight also brought rain and snow and snow is visible at the 4000 ft. level on Iron Mountain.

On this Day: May 24th 1940
Igor Sikorsky flies a single rotor helicopter for the first time.

Sand made available

Sand made available at city hall
File Photo KDG

Sand bagging was done on Garcia Street over the weekend as well as 2 nd avenue. Water levels are staying static during the good weekend weather.

On this Day: May 23rd 1911

The New York Public Library is dedicated.

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