An evacuation order has been issued for the Huntingdon Village area of Abbotsford as rain continues to fall on the already soaked southern BC.
Residents have been told to leave the area immediately as emergency crews work to support evacuation efforts.
Flood guards were also issued overnight across the Tulameen, Similkameen, Coldwater and Nicola rivers.
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The second in a series of atmospheric rivers moved in Saturday, bringing constant rainfall, which Environment Canada does not expect to give up until this afternoon. However, a third atmospheric river, possibly one of even greater intensity, is expected to arrive on Tuesday.
The Squamish-Lillooet 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 a further 49 properties outside Merritt and Spences Bridge. Residents there have been advised to pack important things and be ready to leave with a moment’s notice if conditions worsen.
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Dozens of communities remain on flood watch, and weather warnings are currently being issued over southern BC
As a precautionary measure, Highway 1 through Fraser Canyon, Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton and Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet were closed yesterday during storm warnings. The Ministry of Transport notes that the motorways were previously affected by extreme weather and it says that their reopening will depend on the weather conditions.
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BC Drive also reported overnight that floods had forced the closure of a 4.8-mile stretch of Highway 7 in Maple Ridge.
In the primary agricultural area of Abbotsford, Mayor Henry Braun said yesterday that although he was convinced the town could handle the weekend’s rainfall, it could not cope with another overflow of the Nooksack River into Sumas Prairie.
Nooksack runs south of the border, and Braun said U.S. officials have informed him that its dike was damaged during the last flood.
The mayor added that he has spoken with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister John Horgan about the importance of supporting critical containment and drainage infrastructure in the long term.
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