Canada’s flood-hit western province braces for more rain

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Parts of British Columbia could see ‘the most intense storm yet’, the provincial public safety minister has warned.

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Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia (BC) is headed for more rain, just weeks after heavy rains that caused flooding and landslides and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

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The province’s minister of public safety, Mike Farnsworth, told reporters Tuesday that as crews were working to shore up dams and dams, some roads would be closed off protectively.

Floods in British Columbia earlier this month caused landslides that killed four people, cut off rail access to the nation’s largest port, Vancouver, trapped drivers and caused billions of dollars in damage.

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“In some areas … this could be the most intense storm ever,” Farnsworth said. “The cumulative effect of this succession of storms will be – and will continue to be – a major challenge.”

Environment Canada said Tuesday morning that 6 cm (2.4 in) of rain could be expected in the metro Vancouver area by Wednesday, while up to 8 cm (3.1 in) of rain could fall on the province’s Sunshine Coast.

“Within just a week the third atmospheric river will once again deliver heavy rain off the southern coast of British Columbia. Heavy rain may reduce tonight, but will continue till Wednesday as cold winds are blowing across the region.” said on its website.

“The heavy rains are likely to cause flash floods and water logging on the roads. Local flooding is possible in low-lying areas. Do not go near washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts. ,

Officials said parts of the province were expected to receive 12 centimeters (4.7 inches) of rain in less than 36 hours starting Wednesday.

BC has seen several extreme weather events in recent months, including a record heatwave in the summer that killed hundreds and destroyed an entire community.

Those blasts may have left hills devoid of vegetation, contributing to flooding and landslides, while experts warn that the climate crisis is making weather events more extreme and frequent.

BC Premier John Horgan declared a state of emergency on 17 November as the province began to reopen after two days of heavy rain at the time. The crisis prompted the federal government in Ottawa to deploy the Air Force to assist local officials.

BC government said on Monday that due to the ongoing effects of heavy rain, it was extending a provincial state of emergency, as well as extending an order limiting fuel consumption until December 14.

officials have issued “Flood monitoring” advisory for many parts of the province.

The District of Hope in the Fraser Valley, about 160 km (100 miles) east of Vancouver, also declared a local emergency and issued an evacuation order on Monday.

Mayor Peter Robb said Statement While the amount of rain between Tuesday and Thursday was not expected to be as significant as that of November 14 and 15, the risk remained high.

“We are now dealing with highly saturated soils, bank erosion and many local streams that continue to run at high levels,” he said.

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