Water quality in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley is getting better, with the province saying it has seen the “full” return of lake flint and river water.
But residents are still getting the flu and are still concerned about the impact on their health.
“People are getting sick and we still haven’t had an effective vaccine, so we’re having to put that on hold,” said Jim McAlpine, the mayor of Fraser Valley.
McAlpine said it was not until late October that the city began seeing the flu-like symptoms of flu, but by the middle of November, the situation had changed dramatically.
He said residents were seeing more sick people and were more worried about the flu.
“It’s definitely a relief that the flu has subsided,” McAlple said.
The city has also seen more lake water flows back into the Fraser Valley, as the lake fluff returns to the water.
Water levels have been increasing in the Fraser River as well, but residents say the flu strain has been the biggest issue in the water, because it’s causing a spike in cases in the region.
“Lake water has been getting lower and lower over the last few weeks, which is really bad for the environment, so it’s a bit of a problem,” said Jeff Smith, a professor at the University of British Columbia who has studied the effects of the flu in the basin.
Smith said the water levels in the area are also increasing in other ways, with people drinking more and more water to flush their toilets and shower.
In the meantime, residents say they are worried about how long the flu will last in the city.
Some people have started getting sick, Smith said.
“I’m a bit worried, it’s been a long time since I’ve had any flu-related illness.”
The province says the flu is likely to remain an issue in British Colombia, and in the coming weeks, it is expected to spread to the rest of the province.
With files from CBC News