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The District of Hope declared a local state of emergency Sunday night amid persistent concerns about sustained heavy rain.

The district said the move was intended to ease any evacuation warnings or orders that might be needed from the recent atmospheric river hitting BC

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Residents of homes on Riverview Drive were also put under an evacuation alarm Sunday night and asked to be ready to leave with a moment’s notice.

A single property in Hope on Tunnels Road was already under an evacuation order.

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Fraser Valley remained below a precipitation warning Sunday, with between 100 and 125 millimeters of precipitation in the forecast.

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“Today we are experiencing more rainfall, but not as much as on November 14 and 15. Both the Coquihalla and Fraser rivers, although high now, are not expected to reach the level of (November 14 and 15), “Mayor Peter Robb said in a statement Sunday.

“Water effects are felt in our low-lying areas, such as the East Kawkawa Lake area, the southern end of Kettle Valley Road, Othello Road and other localities.”

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Meanwhile, the Fraser Valley Regional District extended an evacuation order on Othello Road east of Hope to a total of 13 properties on Sunday afternoon.

A number of properties in Laidlaw, southwest of Hope, were also put on evacuation alert Sunday due to flooding in several waterways, including Lorenzetta Creek, Wahleach Creek and Hunter Creek.

The latest round of rain is expected to subside on Monday, before a third and potentially stronger storm comes on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

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