Some BC evacuees are allowed to return home and the main rail corridor reopens


Some evacuees are due to return today, and major rail corridors were expected to resume following record rainfall in BC that caused floods and landslides.

A week after the entire city of Merit, British Columbia was forced to evacuate as the Coldwater River flooded a community of about 7,000 people. Authorities have announced that the first phase of the three-stage return plan will be effective from noon and that certain properties remain. Under evacuation warnings and boiling water recommendations.

The Canadian Pacific Railway said it plans to reopen the railroad between Kamloops and Vancouver by noon, but the CEO of the railroad warned that the next 10 days would be important to return to full service.

CP said it would work closely with customers and terminals to clear the backlog and move cargo efficiently again.

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Heidu announced on Monday that Ottawa will provide $ 4.4 million to the British Columbia Indigenous Emergency Services Association to help those affected by the floods.

Terry Teegee, Regional Head of the First Nations Conference in British Columbia, said more than 100 indigenous and First Nations communities affected by floods and landslides in southwestern BC after being blocked by floods. , Said waiting for the resources to be carried by helicopter. road.

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