River Rages as Evacuations Ordered in Merritt, British Columbia

An evacuation order was issued for Merritt, British Columbia, on Monday, November 15, as flooding and mudslides impacted the province’s southern region.

City officials deemed water undrinkable even if boiled and warned residents to stop non-essential water use.

Access into Merritt was prohibited as of 4 pm on Monday due to flooding barricades, according to officials.

Floodwaters inundated two bridges across the Coldwater River and prevented access to the third, the City of Merritt said.

This footage filmed by Jamie Caccia shows raging waters slamming along a bridge in Merritt. Credit: Jamie Caccia via Storyful

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