Tag Archives: 2021 Megafloods

Vancouver Island watersheds set to rise with new surge of storms

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As a trio of new storms approaches, BC Hydro is warning Vancouver Island residents to prepare for outages and avoid river systems with hydroelectric facilities because water is being released from dams to make room for the heavy rainfall. 

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Fish and Watersheds

In recent weeks, Hyacinthe Creek – one of a handful of  salmon bearing streams on Quadra Island – has experienced a few salmon swimming up its waters. Their arrival has not been an easy journey!

Life for all adult salmon, for millennia, has been a series of survival challenges. Depending upon the species, life cycles range from 2 years (Pinks) to 7 years (Chinook). For new born salmon referred to as fry, making it from their Coastal and or Interior BC birth streams to salt water can require many weeks to months of learning what to eat, while being swept over waterfalls to then crash through rapids for many more kilometers downstream. 

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Kamloops Search and Rescue helped save a dozen people in flooded Merritt

By Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSAR) members helped save a dozen people from flood-stricken homes when waters rose in Merritt last week.

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Connecting the dots between clearcut logging and BC’s megafloods

Vancouver based filmmaker Daniel J Pierce just released a film that attempts to connect the dots between clearcut logging and the megafloods wreaking havoc in BC’s Interior. 

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Flooding of Merritt led to greatest number of evacuees ever processed in Kamloops

By Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kamloops’ Emergency Support Services (ESS) is dealing with its highest number of evacuees ever after all 7,000 residents of the City of Merritt were ordered to evacuate on Nov. 15 due to flood waters compromising the town’s water and wastewater-treatment systems.

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