Feet and knees together... 100+ mm inbound
More areas placed under flood watch in southern B.C., as province braces for return of storms
- Up to 120 millimetres of rain is set to fall on the southern parts of British Columbia on Saturday, threatening communities already ravaged by floods and mudslides.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that a new committee will be formed to manage the province's recovery from the flooding disaster.
- The River Forecast Centre has issued a flood watch for the South Coast, Lower Fraser Valley and the southern regions of Vancouver Island.
- More than 2,000 residents in Merritt are under a boil water advisory after being allowed to return home, following the evacuation of the city due to floods.
- Three highways will be proactively closed on Saturday afternoon as the province braces for more damage from storms.
- The provincial and federal governments will be matching all donations to the Red Cross's flood fundraising campaign for one month, tripling the donation amount for each individual donation.
- For a list of up-to-date flood warnings, visit the River Forecast Centre.
Communities throughout southern B.C. are preparing for an atmospheric river to strike on Saturday, even as federal plans to help the province recover from devastating floods and mudslides were announced.
Rain has started to fall in the region, but the heaviest precipitation is set to arrive on Saturday night, according to Environment Canada, which issued a rainfall warning
on Friday and warned of another storm front arriving on Tuesday.
More than 100 millimetres of rain will hit near the mountains
in southern B.C., with 80 millimetres of rain set to fall on the Fraser Valley, an area southeast of Metro Vancouver devastated by floods two weeks ago.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the community of Abbotsford in the Fraser Valley on Friday, seeing flood damage first-hand and talking to local officials, first responders and First Nations leaders.
Hundreds of people remain away from their homes due to the disaster, with supply chains still constrained and communities still dealing with standing water.
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said the estimated 220 millimetres of rain falling on the city over the next five days would be a "situation they had never faced before."
Trudeau said he saw "amazing" strength and resilience from first responders in Abbotsford, and he praised community efforts in the wake of the floods.