As the storm approaches the South Coast, BC announces financial assistance for evacuees


British Columbia’s Minister of Public Security has stated that more than 6,500 people have been registered as evacuees, and those whose homes were flooded last week are eligible for a $ 2,000 grant through the Canadian Red Cross and the state.

Mike Fernworth urges residents to pay close attention to weather forecasts as more storms are expected after so-called atmospheric rivers rain an unprecedented amount in the southwestern part of the state. increase.

The storm forced evacuation and caused landslides that blocked highways and important rail supply routes.

Environment Canada publishes special weather information on many of British Columbia’s south coasts.

Wednesday night, before it eases on Friday, it warns that a new storm of 40-80 millimeters of rain is expected to hit the area.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the second so-called atmospheric river is also predicted to flood the south coast on Saturday, with total accumulations from both storms potentially exceeding 100 millimeters.

The mayor of Abbotsford said he was preparing for the storm, as some refugees from the devastating floods were allowed to return home on Tuesday.

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Brown said the city has completed inspections of the embankment system, requiring less than 1% of repairs after heavy rains last week, and about 80% of repairs were completed on Tuesday.

“We expect an additional 5 feet (1.5 meters) of height to be added to the embankment before the expected weather event on Thursday,” Brown said at a news conference.

“I hope this puts us in the best position to manage the coming rain.”

Mayor Linda Brown announced the first phase of a three-step plan that would allow people to return home a week after the rivers flooded about 7,000 cities and the benefits were forced to evacuate.

Approximately 1,500 residents were allowed to return home on Tuesday, and certain facilities remained under evacuation warnings and boiling water recommendations.

However, Brown advised residents to return to the “strange city” in a post on the city’s website.

Returnees were asked to help limit pressure on key parts of municipal infrastructure, including sewers.

“We are required to use as little water as possible to maintain supply to the fire department, and there are no operating hospitals,” Brown said.

Evacuation was ordered on November 15 as the Coldwater River ruptured the embankment and overwhelmed the city’s wastewater treatment facilities.

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