An evacuation order has been issued for the Huntingdon Village area of Victoria – Abbotsford, as it already continues to rain in southern BC
Residents have been told to leave the area immediately as emergency teams work to support the evacuation effort.
Flood watches were also issued overnight for the Tulamin, Similkamin, Coldwater and Nikola rivers.
The second in a series of atmospheric rivers brought steady rainfall on Saturday that Environment Canada doesn’t expect to drop by this afternoon. However, a third atmospheric river, possibly of even higher intensity, is expected to arrive on Tuesday.
The Squamish-Liluet Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for 18 properties in the Pemberton Meadows area, while the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has done so for another 49 properties outside the Merritt and Spence Bridges. Residents there have been advised to pack essential items and be ready to leave at a moment’s notice if the situation worsens.
Dozens of communities remain on flood watch and are currently flooded throughout southern BC. weather alerts posted in
As a retrospective measure, Highway 1 through Fraser Canyon, Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton, and Highway 99 between Pemberton and Liluette, was closed yesterday amid storm warnings. The Ministry of Transport notes that highways were previously affected by extreme weather, and says their reopening will depend on weather conditions.
BC Drive also reported overnight that flooding had forced the closure of a 4.8-kilometer section of Highway 7 in Maple Ridge.
In Abbotsford’s prime agricultural area, Mayor Henry Braun said yesterday that while he was confident the city could handle this weekend’s rain, it could not handle another overflow of the Nooksack River into Sumas Prairie.
Noxack runs south of the border and Braun said US officials have informed him that its dykes were damaged in previous floods.
The mayor said he has spoken with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan about the importance of supporting critical dike and drainage infrastructure in the long term.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 28, 2021.