A small BC community reconnects after the flood wipes out the bridge

Nuatch First Nations, British Columbia — The same rainfall that forced the evacuation of 7,000 residents of British Columbia Merit also stalled a small First Nations village just 20 kilometers away, but revived the community with all its might. Connected.

Once the small Spius creek turned into a raging torrent, record rains washed away the path to the community.

About 150 members of Nooaitch First Nation had no power or escape.

Only a few days later, a crew member, including some working on the expansion of the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Project, is finishing the reconstruction.

On Friday, Backhoe dug more material from the banks of the stream to reinforce the new road.

“Mother Nature wasn’t very happy with all of the rain, and the accumulation brought in some fairly aggressive streams and basically wiped out the bridge,” said the Lower Nicoline Indian band who participated in the reconstruction. Development Corporation JJ Holmes said.

“Every two minutes another tree was falling. They were just flying here, so it was a pretty big deal.”

Holmes turned over a cell phone photo taken on Tuesday, showing the water flowing down a stream, creating a gap between the original bridge and the road that survived the Flood.

“Three days ago it was a pretty good stretch. It was about 45 meters from where we were standing to the bridge. We needed to establish some rocks and materials before making them accessible to people crossing the bridge. was.”

The British Columbia government declared a state of emergency this week after several days of rain, including the Coldwater River in Merit, pushed the river against the embankment.

The storm caused landslides, floods, and the death of at least one person across the freeway, but the other four were also missing due to a landslide on highway 99 near Liluette.

According to Holmes, the blocked area is home to many band elders, as well as pregnant women and others in need of medical assistance.

He said they built roads so that they could replenish their supplies.

“It’s been pretty chaotic for the last few days, but I see people, guys, and their smiles on the other side crossing the bridge. Let’s get people out after 7 o’clock and go to town to get supplies. We’ve been opening it for the past few nights so that we can, “he said.

“In the last few hours, we will raise the sign and allow the community to come and go freely.”

NS Bill Gray Brand

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