2021 Flood Supports

On November 15th, 2021 the community of Merritt was rocked by the hardest hitting natural disaster of its history in the form of an unexpected flood. With no forewarning, homes were lost critical infrastructure was destroyed and ultimately in an unprecedented turn of events the entire city was evacuated.

While working remotely during this time, the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce is committed to serving the community - this page will serve as a catch-all for programs, initiatives, assistance and relief for the Nicola Valley's business community, as well as for residents of the Valley who have been affected.

Supports for Businesses

Disaster Financial Assistance provides compensation for uninsurable losses, 80 percent of the amount of total eligible damage less $1,000, to a maximum of $300,000. The Province of British Columbia has confirmed this event's damages will be eligible. Apply here.

Supports for Individuals

The Canadian Red Cross is providing $2,000 in disaster relief funding per household to evacuees that have been displaced from their homes due to the British Columbia Floods - they can be contacted at 1-800-863-6582, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. PST. Learn more here.

Disaster Financial Assistance provides compensation for uninsurable losses, 80 percent of the amount of total eligible damage less $1,000, to a maximum of $300,000. The Province of British Columbia has confirmed this event's damages will be eligible. Apply here.

Emergency Support Services are the first line for evacuees that need disaster relief. By registering at the site below or in person at the addresses below, evacuees can receive vouchers for clothing, incidentals, accommodations and more.  Register here.

For more info on British Columbia ESS locations, read below:

Kamloops ESS: 

McArthur Island Sports Centre, 1655 Island Parkway

 

Kelowna ESS:

Willow Park Church, 439 Highway 33

250.215.1789

 

Salmon Arm ESS:
Prestige Harbourfront Resort, 251 Harbourfront Drive NW
250.833.3360

 

Flood Evacuee Veterinary Support is being provided thanks to the Vancouver Humane Society; by filling out an application on their site, evacuees can receive assistance paying for veterinary bills for their pets. Apply here.

Skoflek Electric, a Merrittonian owned and operated electrical company, is offering to provide free electrical inspections for any Merritt residents whose homes require such an inspection. Register here.