B.C.’s flood-stricken South Coast on high alert as next rainstorm arrives

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Southern B.C. remained on “red alert” Saturday, as back-to-back storms began to wreak havoc on an already flood-weary part of the province.

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The Environment Canada Rain Warning is in effect for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, the Sea to Sky area and the Sunshine Coast.

Rain was predicted from 60 mm in Vancouver to 80 mm in the Fraser Valley and 120 mm around Squamish and near the mountains.

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“This system will be accompanied by strong warming leading to increased freezing levels above mountain tops today. Snowmelt will contribute to runoff, increase flood risk and potentially affect vulnerable landscapes and infrastructure,” Environment Canada said.

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Abbotsford’s still flood-stricken Sumas area stay under flood alertWashington’s Nooksack River is in danger of breaching its banks again on Sunday, while the entire South Bank remains under flood watch.

BC River Forecast Center Flood watch also issued for Vancouver Island, with the exception of the northern region which was subject to a high stream flow advisory— As were the Tulamin, Similkamin, Cold Water and Nicola rivers In the interior of BC.

East, West and North Vancouver Island also faced a rain warning, while Fraser Canyon, Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt, and Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton also faced a weather statement of a heavy rain warning.

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Highway 1 through Fraser Canyon remained closed due to a landslide, while the latter two highways were closed as a precaution on Saturday after heavy damage from the devastating November 14 Atmospheric River.

The heaviest rain is forecast to fall on Saturday night, and rain is expected to subside by Sunday afternoon.

Another storm is forecast to hit the area on Wednesday and Thursday.

The storms coupled with the already damaged and vulnerable nature of the landscape prompted Environment Canada to issue its first “red level alert” on Friday.

The new ranking system did not exist during BC’s deadly heat wave or devastating wildfire season.

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