Southern Interior flood fears

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People in some parts of the Southern Interior are bracing for potential flooding. Up to 75 millimetres of rain is expected to fall near Merritt over the next few days. The heavy rain combined with high levels in Nicola Lake could lead to some flooding. Its predicted the Nicola River will rise to near bank-full levels throughout the city. The city has now started its flood prevention plan... that includes sandbagging as a precaution. The B.C. River Forecast Centre has also issued high stream flow advisories for the Kootenays, the Similkameen, and the Salmon, and Shuswap Rivers. Emergency officials in the north Okanagan say the region could get 20 to 25 millimetres of rain causing problems for people near creeks and lakes.    Brent Watson of the North Okanagan Emergency Management program says people living in flood-prone areas should stockpile sandbags or other equipment to protect their property. 

BCTF wins court appeal

The B.C. Court of Appeal says teachers can express their political opinions on buttons and posters in schools. The court battle preceded the 2009 provincial election when Kamloops teachers conducted a campaign critical of government education policies. The teachers were told to remove the paraphernalia. The BCTF then launched a grievance, and an arbitrator ruled the order was a reasonable limit on teachers' rights. The three judge Appeal Court panel has now set aside that order. It says the law supports teachers in their right of free expression in schools. 

Greyhound bus impounded for speeding

A Greyhound bus has been impounded after it was caught driving over double the speed limit on the Yellowhead highway. The bus was travelling near Blue River, north of Kamloops, when it was spotted going 110 in a 50 kilometre construction zone. The bus was stopped and impounded. Maurice Harris is the Director of Corporate Communications with Greyhound. He says the driver has been removed from service and an investigation is underway. The bus was travelling from Edmonton to Vancouver. The 19 passengers aboard were forced to wait 2 and a half hours until a relief bus arrived.

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