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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

As the latest rainstorm arrives, more evacuation alerts have been issued

Key takeaways:

  • The first of two back-to-back storms hit the province on Saturday, flooding the already inundated southern portion.

On Saturday, the first of two back-to-back storms began flooding the already-flooded southern half of the province, putting the province on “red alert.”

Officials in two sections of the province have issued additional evacuation alerts due to the recent heavy rains, which have raised fears of floods.

The Thompson Nicola Regional District issued advisories for 49 properties in low-lying areas of electoral areas “I,” “M,” and “N” in the interior.

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The Squamish Lillooet Regional District issued advisories for slightly under two dozen houses in the Pemberton Meadows near Pemberton.

According to Environment Canada, rainfall warnings were still in effect for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, the Sea to Sky region, and the Sunshine Coast.

Rainfall quantities were expected to range from 60 mm in Vancouver to 80 mm in the Fraser Valley, with 120 mm in Squamish and the mountains.

“This system will be accompanied by significant warming, forcing freezing levels to reach well over the mountain tops today.” According to Environment Canada, snowmelt will add to runoff, potentially causing flooding and affecting susceptible landscapes and infrastructure.

As the latest rainstorm arrives, more evacuation alerts have been issued

The flood-prone Sumas region near Abbotsford remained under a flood warning, with the state of Washington’s Nooksack River at danger of overflowing again on Sunday and the whole South Coast under a flood watch.

The Tulameen, Similkameen, Coldwater, and Nicola rivers in B.C.’s Interior were also under a high streamflow advisory, according to the B.C. River Forecast Centre.

Rainfall warnings were issued for eastern, western, and northern Vancouver Island, the Fraser Canyon, the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt, and Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton.

Highway 1 across the Fraser Canyon was still blocked Saturday due to landslides. At the same time, the other two routes were closed as a precaution after being severely damaged by the disastrous atmospheric river on Nov. 14.

The greatest rain is expected to occur Saturday night, with the storm tapering off by Sunday afternoon.

On Wednesday and Thursday, another storm is expected to pound the region.

Because of the storms, as well as the landscape’s already devastated and fragile state, Environment Canada issued its first-ever “red level alert” on Friday.

During B.C.’s deadly heatwave and disastrous wildfire season, the new ranking system did not exist.

Source: Global News

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