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Canada Flooding forces evacuations in B.C. Interior

07:00  07 may  2018
07:00  07 may  2018 Source:   vancouversun.com

Flooding risk prompts Kashechewan evacuations

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050618-WEA_BC_Flooding_20170512: BC flooding© Jeff Bassett BC flooding

Warm temperatures at higher elevations in B.C.’s mountain regions is melting snow, swelling rivers and leading to flood warnings and evacuations in many parts of the Interior.

As of Sunday afternoon, at least 15 communities are affected, with 18 evacuation alerts and 19 evacuation orders in place.

Both the Lower Nicola Indian Band and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued evacuation orders for homes on Saturday, saying Guichon Creek — about eight kilometres west of Merritt — had breached its banks.

All residents of the Guichon Creek Mobile Home Park were ordered to leave, as were residents of Fyall Road. Evacuees were being directed to check in at the Emergency Social Services reception centre at the mezzanine level of Shulus Arena.

Flooding forces evacuations in two northwestern Alberta communities

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Chief Aaron Sumexheltza said he’d been told the water in the trailer park was at least knee-deep and that at least six homes were flooded.

“In the summer months, the creek is a trickle,” he said. “But now it’s a gushing river.”

Data from the provincial government’s River Forecast Centre showed snowpacks across the province are above normal and warned that melting snow would continue to cause swollen rivers, also known as freshet, over the coming days.

Sumexheltza said he’d heard the snow pack was high.

“In the Merritt area, generally we didn’t seem to have a spring,” he said. Temperatures in the area were relatively cool until late April, when they shot up into the high 20s.

He also praised the efforts of workers from the province, the regional district and the band in helping evacuees and managing flood waters.

Multiple areas in B.C.’s Interior under evacuation order due to flooding

  Multiple areas in B.C.’s Interior under evacuation order due to flooding As water levels continue to rise, multiple areas in B.C.’s Interior have been placed under an evacuation order. Due to the threat of flooding, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has ordered the evacuation of 148 properties in the Tulameen area due to “immediate danger to life and safety.”The Tulameen Fire Department is coordinating the evacuation. An Emergency Social Services Reception Centre has been set up at Riverside Community Centre."This is definitely an area that has traditionally bad flooding but this year is exceptional," RDOS information officer Cameron Baughen said.

In a Facebook post, the band said the Rocky Pines area was not under evacuation alert, but they did warn that the Hwy. 8 bridge over Guichon Creek could be closed for a time and so residents should make sure they have enough supplies in case they are cut off for a few days.

Saturday, the Upper Nicola Indian Band put 35 homes and businesses near the Nicola River, Nicola Lake and Hamilton Creek on evacuation alert.

The Central Okanagan Regional District has also warned people that rising waters could pose a threat. One property near McDougall Creek, which runs through West Kelowna, was ordered evacuated after the creek backed up near a private bridge.

Another nine properties were placed on evacuation alert, including eight in the Westgate Village Mobile Home Park and a property on Westside Road.

Three properties on Hodges Road, on the west side of Okanagan Lake, have been warned that residents may need to leave on a moment’s notice due to slope instability in the area.

Rain, spring thaw triggers flooding in Quebec

  Rain, spring thaw triggers flooding in Quebec The Public Security Ministry’s website shows 24 areas where minor or medium-level flooding is occurring, mainly in the Eastern Townships, Beauce, and Quebec City.The Public Security Ministry's website shows 24 areas where minor or medium-level flooding is occurring, mainly in the Eastern Townships Beauce, and Quebec City.

On Sunday, the Okanagan Indian Band issued an evacuation alert for four properties northwest of Okanagan Lake, at the northern end of Bonneau Road.

Saturday afternoon, 60 properties in the Meadow Valley and Faulder areas west of Summerland were put on evacuation alert by the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District.

Thursday, the Fraser Fort George Regional District ordered the evacuation of one property on Upper Mud River Road and placed another 39 properties on evacuation alert.

In the Cariboo, 120 properties in the Nazko Valley have been under evacuation order since April 29. The Cariboo Regional District is warning that other waterways in the area — including the Horsefly River, Baker Creek, the Quesnel River, the Cottonwood River and the Chilcotin River — could be at risk of flooding.

The transportation ministry has closed a number of side roads in the Caribou, the Thompson-Nicola and Okanagan-Shuswap regions due to washouts and high water levels.

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Flooding in Okanagan forces more evacuations, school and road closures .
Flooding in Okanagan forces more evacuations, school and road closuresFlooding continues to impact communities in the South Okanagan with more people ready to leave at a moment's notice.

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