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BR Flooding BC – CP

by ahnationtalk on May 11, 201828 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
May 11, 2018 

VANCOUVER – The B-C government is encouraging communities along the lower Fraser River to prepare for potential flooding as it experiences high flow rates.

It says average temperatures in the region have been five degrees above normal for the last two weeks, and high temperatures are forecast for next week.

The warning come as nearly 27-hundred people have already been ordered to evacuate their homes in the southern Interior, due to flooding from extremely heavy snowpacks, sudden downpours and unseasonably warm temperatures.

Evacuation orders were issued yesterday for about 15-hundred properties covering a large area along the Granby, Kettle and West Kettle rivers, as well as in the Carmi region southeast of Kelowna.

Chris Marsh, emergency operations centre director and program manager for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, says there have also been washouts on smaller streams and tributaries in the region, isolating residents on some properties.

Evacuation orders or alerts were listed in seven regional districts and for seven First Nations.

(The Canadian Press)

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