British Columbia Sun

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

High alert in Abbotsford after floods and mudslides dislodge citizens

Key takeaways: 

  • Drivers possibly stuck after landslide near Agassiz, BC, fire head states. 
  • Fire staff reacting to a mudslide on Highway 7 close to Agassiz, BC, the mob at a command post set up at a nearer gas station on Sunday. 

Abbotsford announces a high alert after landslides in Agassiz: 

Implacable, heavy rain has resulted in several rock and mudslides in numerous places across southern BC, forcing several individuals out of their houses and closing various vital highways in the zone. 

In Abbotsford, BC, almost 100 houses are on clearance alert after a series of mudslides and limited flooding in several different zones across the town. 

The city stated all of its emergency facilities are reacting, and authorities have opened an emergency operations centre for individuals whose houses are flooded Sunday evening after almost a day of constant rain. 

The top specialized Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Task Force has been positioned to the close-by group of Agassiz after a landslide wiped across highway 7. 

Read More: Metro Vancouver rainstorm could result in landslides, alerts expert

The slide has possibly trapped cars with individuals inside, according to Vancouver fire Chief Karen Fry. 

The whole Fraser Valley provision, including zones around Hope, was placed on flood watch betimes Sunday. 

Numerous Alerts: 

Further east in southern BC, almost 30 houses have been instructed to clear West of Princeton as the Tulameen River floods. The Regional District of Okanagan -Similkameen instructed families staying in Electoral Area “H” to leave their houses as soon as possible. 

The zone is under a flood alert, as is the zone around the Coldwater River close to Brookmere. 

A flood watch means citizens should be on warn for increasing river extents, while a flood alert means river water has violated culverts and flooding will take place. 

Environment and Climate Change declared rainfall alerts on Sunday. 

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