Canada B.C. braces for second surge of flooding

09:43  14 may  2018
09:43  14 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Several highways closed in B.C. because of flooding

  Several highways closed in B.C. because of flooding Several major transportation routes in B.C. are closed, as flooding from a rapid melting snowpack continues around the province. Highway 8 is closed in both directions 10 kilometres west of Merritt, at 10 Mile Bridge, because of a rapid increase in flood waters. The B.C. Ministry of Transportation says maintenance crews will continue emergency works […]Several major transportation routes in B.C. are closed, as flooding from a rapid melting snowpack continues around the province.

It issued flooding warnings for the Kettle River, West Kettle River, Granby River and surrounding tributaries in the Boundary region. Flood warnings for more southern Interior rivers as B . C .'s flood

Photo: Kevin McKinnon. The streets of Grand Forks have been flooded by water. UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. Firefighters had rescued more than 30 people by boat in Grand Forks, sometimes swimming through muddy and debris-laden water, by the time floodwaters had receded Saturday afternoon, officials said.

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GRAND FORKS, B.C. - Residents and emergency crews are bracing for another surge of floodwaters, after surveying damage in some of the worst-hit parts of British Columbia during a reprieve over the weekend.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary said about 3,000 residents remain under an evacuation order due to the ongoing threat of a second flood, with high forecasted temperatures expected melt snow at higher elevations.

Rivers are expected to rise by mid-week, reaching levels close to those experienced Thursday, the district said.

While it has downgraded 74 properties in Grand Forks' downtown from evacuation orders to evacuation alerts, the regional district is urging property owners to keep sand bags in place and be prepared to leave again at a moment's notice.

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While river levels have almost returned to pre- flood levels in Grand Forks, officials are warning residents to brace for a second surge , which is expected this week as snow continues to melt at higher elevations.

With thousands of British Columbians under evacuation order, the province’s Interior region is bracing for rising waters as the combination of melting snow, rainfall and warm temperatures contribute to historic flooding .

Members of the public are reminded not to enter evacuation order zones, even on boats, because of serious safety concerns.

The regional district said re-entry plans for several neighbourhoods have been put on hold now that river modelling shows a second crest should reach levels similar to last week.

On Sunday, crews used digital assets, GIS technology and aerial surveys to quickly map damaged areas and compile data about flood impacts.

Some dikes failed when overtopped by floodwaters and crews are repairing them in priority sequences, as well as pumping water from low-lying neighbourhoods close to the dike breaches, the regional district said.

The Similkameen River is projected to reach historic levels by Friday, potentially pushing several feet of additional water back into Osoyoos Lake, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen said.

Alberta town lifts state of emergency after 7 weeks, but floodwaters remain

  Alberta town lifts state of emergency after 7 weeks, but floodwaters remain The M.D. of Taber, Alta., has lifted a local state of emergency after seven weeks of what the region called "unprecedented overland flooding." On Friday, the M.D. announced that although a significant amount of overland floodwater remains on farmland, and approximately 80 kilometres of road are still closed due to damage, the state of emergency has been called off.

While river levels have almost returned to pre- flood levels in Grand Forks, officials are warning residents to brace for a second surge , which is expected this week as snow continues to melt at higher elevations.

While river levels have almost returned to pre- flood levels in Grand Forks, officials are warning residents to brace for a second surge , which is expected this week as snow continues to melt at higher elevations.

About 100 properties have been evacuated in the area and another 600 are under evacuation alert. All rural electoral areas and several municipalities are under states of emergency.

Snowpack levels were more than double the average in the district, it said.

A high stream flow remains in effect for the Fraser River.

Premier John Horgan has said this may be a "one-in-one-hundred-years" flooding season and the provincial government will review its options for further support Monday morning.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth visited Grand Forks on Sunday, one of the most devastated communities.

"This is — I've never seen anything like it," he said, describing 80- and 90-year-old homes that have been destroyed by the disaster and water reaching the windows of other houses.

He said the province will support the community, but funding will depend on the extent of damage over the next week.

"There needs to be a long-term commitment to this community and this region," Farnworth said. "And as a province, we're saying, we're going to be there and standing with the people of this community to make sure that commitment follows through."

Southern New Brunswick flood victims still in deep water .
Southern New Brunswick flood victims still in deep waterOver the weekend, flooding reached "historic levels" in the southern region and EMO officials are continuing to urge people in the flood zones to voluntarily leave their homes.

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