A Message to Merrittonians
2021-11-18 09:23 PST
File # 2021-5928
The Merritt RCMP wants to assure the public they are doing everything within their power to keep their community safe and are asking Merrittonians that refused evacuate to stay in their homes after dark.
On November 15, 2021, the City of Merritt and surrounding areas were devastated by the flooding of the Coldwater river. The City of Merritt issued an evacuation order for the entire city. Since the order, the Merritt RCMP have over doubled local on shift resources and brought in Tactical Troop police officers, that are being used exclusively to ensure residents and properties remain safe within the evacuation zone.
"We recognize this an incredibly difficult time for our community. We have all been displaced from our homes and are doing the best we can to get through this. We are pleading with the public to follow the evacuation order and are working with the City to accommodate requests for people collect animals and residents that were left behind or had refused to leave at the onset. If you are refusing to leave, please stay inside your homes after dark." Says Sgt. Josh Roda. "We are out in full force and checking every person and vehicle after dark to ensure residents and properties remain safe within the evacuation zone."
Any Merrittonians with questions about the evacuation order are encouraged to call the City of Merritt or Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.
Sgt Josh RodaMedia Relations Officer
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