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Tuesday BC flood update as some residents allowed home, more storms on the way

The BC Government will provide an update on Tuesday on the current flood situation and clean jobs in the province.

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Deputy Prime Minister Mike Farnworth, Transport Secretary Rob Fleming and Agriculture Secretary Lana Popham will speak at 3pm

That will be broadcast live above, on BC1, and on the Global BC Facebook page.


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Princeton calls for military aid to help with flooding


Princeton calls for military aid to help with flooding

Meanwhile, Environment Canada is issuing a hurricane warning for Southwest BC

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With a series of storms of varying intensity expected over the next few days, the province is expected to experience a typhoon this week.

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By January 2022, BC will take the first steps of a rating system to describe the intensity of rivers in the atmosphere, similar to the system used in the US.


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BC flooding: Teams working 24/7 to repair Abbotsford river dike


BC flooding: Teams working 24/7 to repair Abbotsford river dike

In Abbotsford, water levels continued to recede in the Sumas Prairie, giving displaced residents and farmers a sign of hope.

The city said on Monday water levels had dropped about 7 inches as cracks in the Sumas River were sealed.

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Evacuation orders were canceled for several properties north of Highway 1 along with businesses east of Whatcom Road.

At its peak, the water level rose 3 feet within an hour.

However, that didn’t stop neighbors from saving 250 cows from a local dairy farm. The team used 10 cattle trucks and the cows were safely moved within two hours.

Dairy farmers have credited the team for quickly correcting violations and preventing further damage.


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BC floods: Some Merritt residents return home on Tuesday


BC floods: Some Merritt residents return home on Tuesday

In Merritt, some residents will get their first look at flood damage on Tuesday.

The asphalt is warped and the roads are obliterated but crews are working on repairs, the province said on Monday.

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The compromised wastewater treatment plant is back up and running, but boiling water advice has been issued and residents are asked to use as little water as possible and not discharge as much wastewater into the sewers.

The city completed a rapid damage assessment, classifying the property as unrestricted, restricted or unsafe.

Residents who are able to return home are also being notified of any medical emergencies that will be moved to Kamloops and trash removal service will resume next week.

CP Rail said service between Kamloops and Vancouver will reopen Tuesday afternoon.

Crews worked around the clock to repair the line, which included moving 150,000 cubic meters of material to rebuild areas, the equivalent of 30,000 dump trucks a tonne moving rock and soil.

CP said it plans to work with customers and terminals to clear the backlog and get things going as quickly as possible.

This story will be updated after the 3pm press conference

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