Canada Flood fears rising again in southern B.C.

19:56  14 may  2018
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'A sigh of (some) relief:' Saint John flood levels could peak today

  'A sigh of (some) relief:' Saint John flood levels could peak today The City of Saint John says flood levels in the region could peak by the end of today. "A sigh of (some) relief may be in sight" for residents affected by historic flooding, the city posted on Twitter around 1:30 p.m. The latest information from New Brunswick River Watch indicates the floodwaters could crest during high tide at 6:30 p.m., with waters beginning to recede "very slowly over the next few days." Officials initially predicted the levels would not peak until Tuesday, when the St. John River was forecast to reach 5.8 metres. It currently stands at 5.7 metres. Flood stage for the region is 4.2 metres.

Flood waters are rising near Oliver with the spring melt. (Gary Moore/CBC). Officials in British Columbia's southern Okanagan are bracing for "biblical" flooding as Floods in the Sportsmen Bowl area of Oliver B . C . have led to an immediate evacuation order on April 21, 2018. (Gary Moore/CBC).

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Flood fears rising in the South . The National Weather Service issued flood watches from St. Louis to the Gulf Coast of Texas.

GRAND FORKS, B.C. - Flood weary residents in southern British Columbia are being told to brace for round two as rising temperatures accelerate the melting of high elevation snowpacks.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says about 3,000 residents remain under an evacuation order due to the threat of a second flood, with rivers expected to rise by mid-week to levels close to those experienced on Thursday.

The district is urging property owners in hard hit Grand Forks to keep sand bags in place and be prepared to leave again at a moment's notice.

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

Coast guard poised to assist New Brunswick EMO with flood response

  Coast guard poised to assist New Brunswick EMO with flood response The Canadian Coast Guard mobilized in Saint John on Friday and is now ready to assist the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization with record-breaking flooding in the region. The exact role and destination of the 11 staff and four vessels has not yet been determined, said Keith Laidlaw, deputy superintendent of environmental response for the Atlantic region. "We are just arriving on site and standing up our staging area," he told CBC News shortly before noon at the coast guard depot on Navy Way.

Flooding continues to cause troubles in several communities across the southern Interior of B . C . Officials say the ferry won't cross the river again until the level drops. Flooding fears rise as snow melts across B . C .

Forecasters are concerned the high snowpack and rising temperatures could be a bad combination for flood risk. (Golden and District Search and Rescue). 'Concerning' snowpack levels in Okanagan Valley. 'A colder and wetter winter' nears its end in B . C .'s southern Interior.

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

Some dikes failed when overtopped by floodwaters last week 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.

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.

Crews have been using digital assets, GIS technology and aerial surveys to map damaged areas and compile data about flood impacts.

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 supporting impacted communities Monday morning.

Southern New Brunswick battles flooding with more rain in the forecast .
More rain is expected to pound the province on Sunday emergency officials are keeping a close eye on water levels in southern half of the province. Environment Canada said up to 20 millimetres of rain is possible for southern New Brunswick by the end of the day. This comes after New Brunswick saw up to 30 mm of rain and scattered thundershowers over central areas on Friday.

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