With some regions already under water, BC braces for more flooding

17 May, 2018, 15:15 | Author: Becky Perry
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Many Grand Forks residents have registered with the Red Cross upon evacuation.

While river levels have nearly returned to pre-flood levels in Grand Forks, officials are warning residents to brace for a second surge, which is expected this week as snow continues to melt at higher elevations.

The mass melt is expected to bring a second round of flooding to the town, almost 520 kilometres east of Vancouver, sometime this week.

"We're bracing ourselves that we're going to be inundated again", councillor Colleen Ross told CTV News Channel on Sunday.

Residents are being asked to register at the Grand Forks Curling Rink located at 7230 21st St., in Grand Forks or the Midway Community Centre at 692 7th Ave., Midway, B.C.

Premier John Horgan said the province could be facing a "one in a hundred years" flood season, after his latest briefing on the situation and after speaking with Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad.

The councillor described the city of about 4,000 people as "traumatized". On Friday the water started to recede and an evacuation order for 54 homes was lifted in the afternoon.

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The regional district advised residents not to enter evacuation zones, to keep sand bags in place, to avoid fast-moving waters and to be prepared to evacuate from their homes at a moment's notice.

RDKB emergency officials along with agency partners from the Province of BC and power utilities surveyed the entire region by air on Friday to begin to assess damage from the historic flood that has now devastated homes and properties across large areas from the west Boundary to Christina Lake.

"But we need to respect what weather and river forecasts are telling us - this flood is not over yet".

Several dykes "failed when overtopped by floodwaters", the district said Saturday night, as crews raced to fix them before the next water-level rise.

Kate Saylor, a reporter with the Grand Forks Gazzette newspaper, whose building was among many evacuated, told CTV News Channel that volunteer firefighters and search-and-rescue teams are "literally swimming up to homes".

Fire rescue technicians rescued over 30 people by boat in the City of Grand Forks and swam through muddy, debris-laden water to in the City of Grand Forks to ensure everyone was able to get to safety.

Duffy said rainfall and hot weather in the Kootenays and other areas that have not yet experienced similar flood levels to the rest of the Interior could be particularly challenging this weekend, including Prince George, Quesnel, and the Bulkley lakes district.

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