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Flooding forces 2500 BC residents from their homes

Flooding forces 2500 BC residents from their homes

"We have people who because they were pumping, the power went out and they're now trapped in their homes, so we have ongoing rescues of a number of residents who choose to stay in their homes", said Maika.

"The flood situation is dynamic and we are expecting secondary peaks in rivers over the coming week".

Though river levels have nearly receded to pre-flood levels, unseasonably high temperatures across southern and central British Columbia are expected to melt existing snow packs at higher elevations.

Warm weather and heavy rain have caused the Kettle River to spill its banks, causing catastrophic flooding in communities next to it, including Beaverdell and Grand Forks.

"The water seems to be receding in Grand Forks, but we're far from done with this".

Almost 1,500 homes under evacuation order were in the Kootenay Boundary regional district. "We're going to have a couple of weeks of very, very hard times along the waterways of British Columbia", Horgan said at the World Rugby Women's Sevens game in Langford, B.C., on Saturday.

"River levels in the Kootenay Boundary have already started to recede, but emergency officials are cautioning that many evacuation orders will remain in place until a second surge of water from melting snow has passed through local watersheds over the weekend and into early next week", the RDKB said in a press release.

More homes under evacuation order as floods continue near Merritt

Thousands have been ordered to leave their homes, and the entire town is without power after the substation flooded, creating a unsafe situation for some residents.

As some residents and business owners have taken the flood break to begin assessing damage to their properties, volunteers continue to prepare sandbags at the city's arena in anticipation of the next wave.

Those who have have been evacuated have been asked to register with Emergency Social Services at the Grand Forks Curling Club or the Midway Community Centre. "So I guess they've migrated". A sinkhole also appeared next to another neighbour's home. "Our priority is to get people back into their homes as soon as it's safe to do so, but we need to respect what weather and river forecasts are telling us - this flood is not over yet", said Chris Marsh, EOC Director for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

It says they are prioritizing re-entry for homeowners whose properties have been unaffected by the floodwaters.

While electricity has been restored, personnel with utility FortisBC are surveying large areas that are still without gas.

The councillor described the city of about 4,000 people as "traumatized".

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