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US News Several cities in western Canada paralyzed by torrential rains

04:05  16 november  2021
04:05  16 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Thousands of people evacuated and without electricity, hundreds of other blocked in their vehicle, a stubborn pipeline: torrential rains resulted in floods and landslides, paralyzing Monday several cities in British Columbia, in western Canada .

"After abundant rains, landslides and floods have affected various roads inside British Columbia lands," Tweeted the province's Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure on Sunday night to Monday.

Several highways were closed in areas already affected this summer by major forest fires. Tens of thousands of people were affected across the province by power cuts, according to Hydro BC.

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At the end of the day, the emergency services indicated that you have transported the day before the nine patients with minor injuries following a landslide in this area.

"from 80 to 100 vehicles" were also blocked since last night by landslides on a highway near AGASSIZ, about 100 kilometers east of Vancouver, declared the authorities at a point Press in the morning. Rescue, firefighters and police teams are deployed to help them.

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The Canadian Forces sent helicopters to rescue these motorists, about 275 people were blocked in their vehicle, including fifty children, according to local media.

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- Thousands of evacuations -

Images relayed by local authorities showed the flood of the Similkameen River in southern British Columbia. Others showed the city of Merritt, flooded by the flood of the Coldwater River.

The some 7,000 inhabitants of this city located 300 km northeast of Vancouver received the order to evacuate to emergency centers in the morning and then received the ban on returning to Merritt after the flooding of The wastewater treatment plant. Two bridges were also flooded.

"To the people of Merritt and British Columbians affected by the floods: Be careful," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter in the afternoon. "We are going to be there to provide you with the necessary support to help you cope with these floods and extreme conditions and to hand over it," he promised.

In addition, these bad weather led to the closure of the Trans Mountain controversial pipeline, which was nationalized by the Government of Mr. Trudeau in 2018. The pipeline was arrested "as a precautionary measure" confirmed the company to AFP, because of the "vast floods and mud flows carrying debris in the area of ​​Hope", 150 km east of Vancouver.

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The expansion work of the pipeline, which must enter into service by the end of 2022, have also been interrupted in the regions of "Lower Mainland, Hope and Merritt because of prolonged torrential rains".

These aim to increase from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day the capacity of this pipeline that routes oil from the alberta oil sands, the heart of the Canadian oil industry, towards the suburbs of Vancouver.

A little west of Agassiz, the city of Abbotsford issued an evacuation order for more than a hundred domiciles after these bad weather.

"In just 140 days, Abbotsford recorded its hottest day in history (42.9 ° C) and now the wettest day in history (100.4 mm)," observed on Twitter Tyler Hamilton, meteorologist from the region.

The Ministry of the Environment, which reports that "nearly 230 mm" rain have been observed in the Fraser Valley, provided at the beginning of the afternoon another 30 mm of precipitation on the day of Monday.

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