While a number of evacuation alerts have been issued in the province, Premier John Horgan warns that this BC flood season may be the worst in a century.
There are over 1,400 evacuation orders in place in the province. In fact, some residents in Grand Forks needed to be rescued from their homes, because they were unable to flee before disaster struck.
“The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says three of the region’s rivers — the Granby, Kettle and West Kettle — all broke 1948 water level records by about 60 centimetres,” reports News 1130.
With that in mind, it isn’t only the Kootenays that are affected by the extreme flooding conditions.
Now, the governed has issued evacuation alerts for multiple communities in Metro Vancouver.
After an alert was issued for the Township of Langley on Tuesday, a Surrey evacuation alert was issued the following day for Barnston Island.
Today, @Wilkinson4BC, @SoniaFurstenau & I toured the Fraser Valley #BCFlood zone & visited the Chilliwack emergency management warehouse. We’re working together, w/partners & all levels of government, to support those affected by flooding. https://t.co/TFIXbM3sjh
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) May 17, 2018
Heavy rainfall, warm weather and rapid snowmelt have triggered flood warnings and evacuations around the province. In fact, temperatures on Monday were hotter than Miami and Los Angeles.
What’s more, the warm weather has persisted over the past three weeks. In turn, this leads to a much earlier than normal runoff period for the Fraser River.
If you live in low-lying communities along the Lower Fraser River, the government has a word of caution. In fact, they recommend that now is the time to prepare your family and home. Protect your home, pack grab’n’go bags and have a plan.
To combat this crisis, the government doubles individual donations to the Canadian Red Cross.
Specifically, they are allocating $20 Million to match dollar-for-dollar for any donation; these may be made by any individual in Canada between May 16 and July 31. And, every donation helps, large or small.
To make a donation, visit a Canadian Red Cross office, go to redcross.ca, call 1 800 418–1111, or text BCFLOODS to 30333 to make a $10 donation that will be billed to your phone.
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