The southern BC. remained in “red alarm” Saturday as the first of back-to-back storms began to soak through the already flooded part of the province.
Environment Canada’s rainfall warnings remained in effect for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, the Sea to Sky region and the Sunshine Coast.
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Precipitation ranges from 60 mm in Vancouver to 80 mm in the Fraser Valley and up to 120 mm around Squamish and near the mountains.
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“Strong warming will accompany this system, causing freezing levels to rise well above mountain peaks today. Snowmelt will contribute to runoff, increase the risk of flooding and possibly affect vulnerable landscapes and infrastructure,” said Environment Canada.
The still-flooded Sumas region of Abbotsford remained under a flood warning, with the state of Washington’s Nooksack River risking breaking its banks again on Sunday, while the entire south coast remained under flood.
The BC River Forecast Center also issued a flood guard for Vancouver Island, with the exception of the northern region, which was under a high current flow advice – just like the Tulameen, Similkameen, Coldwater and Nicola rivers in the interior of BC.
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Eastern, western and northern Vancouver Island also faced rainfall warnings, while Fraser Canyon, Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt and Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton also faced weather forecasts warning of heavy rainfall.
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Highway 1 through Fraser Canyon remained closed due to landslides, while the latter two highways were closed as a precautionary measure on Saturday after suffering major damage from the devastating atmospheric river on 14 November.
The heaviest rain is expected to fall on Saturday night, and precipitation is expected to subside by Sunday afternoon.
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Another storm is expected to hit the region on Wednesday and Thursday.
The storms, coupled with the landscape’s already damaged and vulnerable nature, prompted Environment Canada to issue its first “red level alert” ever on Friday.
The new ranking system did not exist during BC’s deadly heat wave or devastating wildfire season.
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