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Indigenous communities hit hard by B.C. floods say they received no warning, are getting little help*

from CBC News

The rains had been torrential for more than 12 hours when Cook's Ferry Indian Band Chief Councillor Christine Minnabarriet looked out her window and sensed something was wrong. Driving out to nearby Highway 8, Minnabarriet saw the Nicola River was level with the road and the water was washing right over it in some places. Her concerns confirmed, Minnabarriet went back to her community near Spences Bridge, northwest of Merritt, and started telling members to leave. There had been no alarm or text message alert — she was her community's warning system. more

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