- B.C.’s public safety minister says more than 6,500 people have registered as evacuees.
- The storms forced evacuations and triggered mudslides that cut off highways.
B.C.’s public safety minister says more than 6,500 people have registered as evacuees. Those flooded homes last week are eligible for a $2,000 grant through the Canadian Red Cross and the province.
Mike Farnworth asks residents to pay attention to the weather forecast. After a so-called atmospheric river dumped an unpredicted amount of rain on the southwest part, many storms are expected.
The storms forced evacuations and triggered mudslides that cut off highways.
Environment Canada has posted particular weather statements for much of B.C.’s south coast.
It warns that a storm is expected to hit the region on Wednesday night, dropping 40 to 80 millimeters of rain before Friday.
The weather office says a 2nd so-called atmospheric river is forecast to drench the south coast on Saturday, with total accumulations from both storms likely to exceed 100 millimeters.
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun says the city has finished inspecting its dike system and found less than one percent needed repair after last week’s heavy rainfall. About 80 percent of the repairs were complete on Tuesday.
“We expect another five feet (1.5 meters) of height to be added to the dike before the weather event anticipated for Thursday,” Braun told a news channel.
“I am hoping that this will put us in a great position to manage the rain that will come.”
A week after Merritt was forced to evacuate when a river flooded into the city of nearly 7,000, Mayor Linda Brown announced the first phase of a three-step plan allowing people to return home.
About 1,500 residents were allowed to come on Tuesday, with specific properties on evacuation alert and under a boil-water advisory.
But Brown asked residents in a post on the city’s website that they will return to “a city that’s changed.”
Residents were asked to see limit pressure on critical pieces of municipal infrastructure, including the sewage system.
“You will be said to use as little water as possible to preserve water for the fire department,” said Brown.
The evacuation was said on Nov. 15 as the Coldwater River burst its banks and overwhelmed the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
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