Canada Flood fears rising again in southern B.C.

19:56  14 may  2018
19:56  14 may  2018 Source:

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.

Officials in British Columbia's southern Okanagan are bracing for "biblical" flooding as a higher-than-usual snowpack begins to melt, prompting residents to flee from their homes.

Flood waters are rising near Oliver with the spring melt. Mudslides hit highways in B . C . Southern Interior. At last count, the snowpack in the region was at about 151 per cent above normal, Schafer said, and that was before the two latest snowfalls up in the nearby mountains.

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.

Rising water prompts evacuations of 15 properties near Merritt, B.C.

  Rising water prompts evacuations of 15 properties near Merritt, B.C. All residents in the Guichon Creek Mobile Home Park are advised to leave immediately and shut shut off gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers. Evacuees who require support services for food or accommodation are asked to go to a reception centre set up at 1721 Coldwater Ave . in Merritt. Meanwhile, residents in other parts of the province's Southern Interior are placing sandbags around their properties to protect against flood waters as they face evacuation alerts.

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Flood fears rise as wicked storm system A firefighter lifts 19-year-old Malik Williams and places him in a raft as they rescue him from rising flood waters at his home on Emerson Avenue on Feb.

UPDATES: Help arrives as threat of flooding rises again in B . C . As water level rises , so does frustration as B . C . Interior residents criticize off-season flood prep. Despite flooding , southern B . C . hot spots are open for business this long weekend.

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.

B.C. flood fears remain as evacuations lifted .
Many people forced from their homes by flooding in southern British Columbia have been allowed to return, but officials say there are still areas of concern in many parts of the province. Evacuation orders for about 171 addresses in Grand Forks were lifted Tuesday, with the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary saying the threat of flooding had decreased.

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