Vancouver — Constant rain has slipped mud and rocks in several parts of southern British Columbia, evacuated some residents and closed highways.
The city of Abbotsford opened a reception center on Sunday for residents who were unable to return home or who were evacuated due to landslides and floods in several places.
The city said in a statement that mud and rock slides would block some routes and that shelters and those in need of assistance could go to the Abbotsford Recreation Center.
Several highways connecting Lower Mainland and the interior of British Columbia were also cut by rocks, mud, and debris, including the bidirectional closure of Highway 5 between Hope and Merit.
Drive BC, the state’s online travel information center, also said that highway 1 through Fraser Canyon was blocked in both directions due to rocks on the road north of Yale, while eastbound traffic on the same route in Chilliwack was blocked by a landslide. It is said to have been closed.
So-called atmospheric rivers struck southern British Columbia, causing rain along the coast and snowing in the eastern part of the state. The Canadian Ministry of the Environment said it is unlikely to rain until Monday.
The flood on Sunday blocked access to Highway 11 to the Sumas border across the United States. The driver was diverted to another Lower Mainland intersection until the route could be resumed on Monday.
Drive BC reported late Sunday night that floods closed Highway 7 in both directions in the Maple Ridge and Kent areas.