Rain continues to fill spilled rivers in southeastern British Columbia, raising flood concerns


The small community in the southeastern corner of British Columbia is the latest community to announce a state of emergency as heavy rains and thaw in late spring combine to inflate rivers in many parts of the state.

The Sparwood district declared an emergency and posted evacuation alerts for two mobile home parks and several facilities along Elk River after nearly 52 millimeters of rain struck the community.

Flood warnings were issued by the Elk River and Liard River Forecast Centers in northeastern British Columbia. On the other hand, flood monitoring is carried out in many waterways from the suburbs of Quesnel in central British Columbia to the border with the United States.

Environment Canada lifted all rainfall warnings and special weather statements on Tuesday BC. Except for the Elk Valley, where 50-80 millimeters fell, and 5-10 centimeters of snow in the highlands.

An additional 15 to 25 millimeters of rain is expected before a few light rains in the evening, with Ferney being said to be the most common.

The city of Ferney, adjacent to the Elk River, is building embankments and sandbags along the river, but in a statement the river’s water level is normal for spring fresh, despite continued rainfall. I am.

Other BC areas covered by evacuation alerts include the Six Mile community north of Nelson, properties along the Tulameen River, several homes near the Fraser River in Kent, and at the foot of the slope being considered. Includes 27 units from a Shikamas Mobile Home Park. It is very likely that it will slide in the next two years.

The High River Flow Recommendation covers the Thompson, Okanagan, Similkamen, Boundary areas of British Columbia, and the Fraser River from Quesnel to the sea at the northwestern tip of the state.

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