Speaking to reporters and the public on Monday morning, British Columbia Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Safety, Mike Farnworth, and other provincial government officials outlined the full impacts to the province following an “atmospheric river event caused by heavy rain and localized flooding.”
Flooding, mudslides and rockslides have wreaked havoc across southern B.C., closing highways, prompting widespread evacuations and leaving motorists stranded.
On Highway 7 near Agassiz, provincial officials told reporters on Monday morning that 80 to 100 vehicles have been trapped all night between two landslides in Agassiz.
In Merritt, Princeton and Abbotsford, heavy and continuous rain have forced evacuations.
Flooding in Abbotsford has also led to evacuation alerts throughout the city, including Eagle Mountain and the Dawson Road area, where debris and runoff from a landslide are affecting nearly 50 homes.
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