British Columbia Declares State of Emergency After Severe Storm, More Fatalities Expected

British Columbia, Canada’s Pacific coast province, declared a state of emergency Wednesday in response to floods and mudslides triggered by very high rainfall.

Every main highway between the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, which includes Canada’s third-biggest city, Vancouver, and the province’s interior has been closed due to washouts, flooding, or landslides caused by record-breaking rain in southern British Columbia between Saturday and Monday.

Late Monday, the corpse of a lady was retrieved from one of the mudslides.

The federal government has stated that the air force will be dispatched to help with evacuations and to sustain supply lines.

Bill Blair, Minister of Emergency Preparedness, stated that the military will safeguard citizens from additional flooding or landslides. Military aircraft have already assisted in the evacuation of over 300 individuals from one route where people were stuck in their automobiles due to a mudslide on Sunday night.

According to Abbotsford Fire Chief Darren Lee, around 180 rescues were accomplished Tuesday and early Wednesday when stranded people requested assistance in leaving their flooded residences.

According to Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr, no one was missing.

By daybreak, some 80 calls were still waiting for assistance, and responders expected to “move through the line” throughout the morning, he added.

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham stated that hundreds of animals have perished and that the province was dispatching veterinarians to other animals in peril.


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