British Columbia Sun

Constant rain urges more evacuation commands as B.C. braces for 3rd constant storm

Key takeaways: 

  • Current in a trio of Pacific climate systems could take up to 100 millimetres of added rain to flooded Fraser Valley.
  • A constructor walks on a flooded road in the vicinity of Huntingdon in the Sumas Prairie flood region in Abbotsford, B.C., on Monday. 

Constant rainfall, floods, landslides all around BC: 

The third in a sequence of more severe storms are threatening British Columbia, moving residents bracing for more torrential rain while officials are still discussing the damage caused over the Lower Mainland and southern Interior from the previous two storms.

Communities over the region were busy planning for the newest storm during a brief respite from the climate in several regions Monday. Farmers hurried again to pass dozens of cattle, including calves, to higher ground while citizens collected sandbags about their houses.

The next wind is supposed to crash into B.C. later Tuesday, with officials suggesting it could be the worst one in a set of three this month.

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Environment Canada has announced a set of special climate warnings for much of B.C.’s southwest and coast, with up to added 100 millimetres of rainfall prophesied for the Fraser Valley within Tuesday and Wednesday forward with winds up to 60 km/h. Areas of Vancouver Island and the Central Coast could view as many as 200 millimetres of rain.

Geoff Coulson, a signal readiness meteorologist with Environment Canada, told Monday the storm is anticipated to beat the North Coast late tonight and go south overnight.

He spoke the two current storms dropped rain for about 24 to 36 hours, while this one could bring unremitting rain for 48 hours.

“The concern with this event is the long duration,” stated Coulson. Source – cbc.ca

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