News: June 2012 Archives

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Province plans to decomission dangerous dam

Marshall Lake, near Greenwood B.C. (Contributed by: Marshall Lake Stewardship Group)

After the collapse of the Testalinden Dam in Oliver, the province did a safety audit of all the dams in B.C.

When that audit was complete, one dam stood out as the most rickety -- and the most dangerous: The Providence Dam on Marshall Lake lies upstream from the city of Greenwood in the West Kootenay.

The province owns the dam -- and over the years, let it fall into disrepair. Now they want to dismantle it.

They gave the City of Greenwood 18 months to decide if it wanted to take over the dam and bring it up to snuff, and the deadline for a decision is July 13th.

In the meantime, local activists are lobbying to preserve the dam and keep the lake as is.    Christopher Stevenson heads the Marshall Lake Stewardship Group, and explained why to Daybreak host Chris Walker.    
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Houseboats aid in Shuswap flooding rescue

Sicamous residents Jeff and Michael Milne sandbag their home in preparation for flooding on June 25, 2012 (Leah Shaw/CBC)

More 350 people are still out of their homes in Sicamous.

Heavy rains over the weekend washed out roads and bridges and closed highway 97A, and houseboats were used to rescue folks living in the 2 mile and 6 mile areas after they were were cut off from the road.
Tod Kyllo is the owner of Twin Anchors Houseboat in Sicamous. He spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Flooding concerns persist in southern Interior

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Riverside Park in Kamloops has been closed to the public after high water flooded the park, submerging park benches and trees. The pillar on the left marks previous flood years. 1999 at the bottom followed by 1972, 1948, and up at the top, the 1894 flood level (Submitted by: Jonah Birchwater)

The B.C. government has issued an Evacuation Alert for people who live along the Shuswap River. The alert covers an area from Sugar Lake near Cherryville to Mabel Lake near Enderby and on to Mara Lake.

Emergency Info B.C. says low lying properties are especially vulnerable. Sandbagging stations have been set up in Cherryville and Grindrod.

In Kamloops meanwhile, both the North and South Thompson Rivers are spilling over their banks.

The city has closed its boat launches and provided sandbags to people living along the waterfront.

To check on water levels and how people are doing Daybreak host Chris Walker reached Mel Norman, who lives on Mable Lake, and Richard Gale who lives on Furrer Road next to the South Thompson River, in Kamloops.
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