British Columbia Sun

Destruction continues to climb in rain and flood affecting southwestern BC

Key takeaways: 

  • Restoring several of the more seriously destructed infrastructure will take time, civil engineers professional state. 
  • Two individual canoes past a submerged truck close to the flooded Trans Canada Highway in Abbotsford, BC, on Tuesday. 
  •  Authorities in the region were still evaluating destruction from floods and mudslides after copious downpours that initiated on the weekend eventually started to subside. 

One individual is confirmed dead and the tally of destruction continues to jump as the torrential downpours that fell over the weekend and into Monday subsided on Tuesday. 

It was an “atmospheric river” eve that brought hefty rains and activated floodings and landslides leading to the clearance of the whole city of Merritt, as well as further clearance in the Fraser Valley, the interior and Vancouver Island. 

A woman’s body was recovered at the spot of a mudslide that wiped over Highway 99 near Lillooet on Monday. Cops stated there could be more casualties as search and rescue efforts continue. 

Clearance orders were declared in Abbotsford and Chilliwack after Tuesday, with citizens told to leave the Sumas Prairie and Yarrow neighbourhoods instantly as floodwaters continued to increase. Schools in the Fraser Valley municipalities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope and Mission were blocked Tuesday. 

Also read: Mudslides and flooding leave around 1100 individuals helpless in Hope

A notable section of the region is presently under either food watch or flood alert. 

A flood watch means river extents increase and may exceed their banks and flood adjacent zones. A flood alert means that’s so far occurred. 

Highways over the south of the region were also blocked due to mudslides and debris flows, with parts of the Coquihalla and Trans Canada highways wiping away in surging rivers. 

In Merritt, all three of the bridges over the surging cold water were impenetrable, one had fallen, and the other two required to be checked to see if they were still structurally sound. 

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