The Current

The Current for Nov. 25, 2021

Today on The Current: As floods recede in Merritt, B.C., residents return to survey the damage; daring wildlife rescues; the ranch trying to bend with nature rather than fight against it; and how floods affect the salmon population.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

In the first of two special episodes from flood-stricken B.C., Matt Galloway talks to people trying to sort through the devastation, even with the threat of more rain on the way. We hear from people in Merritt, B.C., where 7,000 residents were told to evacuate. They're slowly returning to find out what's happened to their homes and livelihoods.

Plus, thousands of animals have perished in the B.C. floods, but some have been rescued in dramatic ways — including Winter the horse. We talk to Kelly Kennedy at Sageview Rescue Centre in Kamloops about saving several horses and a pregnant cow by airlifting them to safety.

Then, rancher John Anderson wants to see more emphasis on adaptation to climate change and flooding, rather than relying on more concrete, sandbags and pump stations to hold them at bay. He shows us how he's building his Kane Lake Ranch west of Merritt to bend with nature, rather than fight against it.

And some in B.C. say changes to flood mitigation and prevention could help not just communities, but wildlife like the salmon population. We hear from Murray Ned, a councillor at Sumas First Nation; and Lina Azeez, the connected waters campaign manager at Watershed Watch Salmon Society.

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