VICTORIA- A highway that washed out in more than two dozen places has reopened to the public a year after a series of atmospheric rivers stalled over southern British Columbia. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming says it has taken crews considerable work to restore Highway 8, a scenic corridor that snakes along the Nicola River between Merritt and Spences Bridge. When the heavy rains pummelled B.C., the Nicola River surged and changed course while whole sections of the highway, and some homes, fell into the waterway. Residents along the highway, including members of the Nooaitch, Shackan and Cook’s Ferry First Nations communities, were isolated or evacuated to other communities, many of which were also dealing with the consequences of the flooding. The B.C. government says the current repairs are temporary and
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