Friday, September 30, 2022

At least 1 person killed after heavy rains and floods in Canada

Jim Morris and Rob Gillies | Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A woman’s body was recovered from one of the landslides caused by extremely heavy rainfall in the Canadian province of British Columbia on the Pacific coast, authorities said on Tuesday.

Police said search and rescue personnel are continuing to search for other possible victims, as highlighted on Monday’s slides.

“Our team got one man out,” said David McKenzie, Pemberton County’s search and rescue manager.

He said his team stumbled upon seven vehicles at the 99 highway exit near the town of Lillow, and police were trying to determine if there were other bodies.

“This is a significant amount of rubbish. This makes the work of our search teams very difficult. Dirt up to the waist. I can’t remember that our team was involved in anything like this in the past, ”he said.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Headquarters Sergeant. Janelle Shoikhet said that the total number of missing people and vehicles has not yet been confirmed. She said investigators received reports of two other missing people, but added that other motorists may have been buried on the pylon.

Vancouver City Search and Rescue Team spokesman Jonathan Gormick said that while the roadway has been cleared of potentially stuck vehicles or people, they will now search the roller coaster debris field.

Elsewhere in the province, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Brown said impassable highways are wreaking havoc in his city as police and firefighters tried to get people to evacuation centers. “It hurts me to see what’s going on in our city,” Brown said.

The sunny skies followed two days of torrential storms that poured out the typical amount of rain that falls in the city throughout November, but the mayor said the water was still rising and Highway 1 would be closed for a while.

Brown said he was concerned about getting enough information from Washington state officials about water levels that have risen sharply from the Nuxak River and Sumas Dam.

“When are we going to climb the ridge? When will it level out here? It’s like a full cup of coffee. When it fills up, it continues to flow to the sides, ”he said.

Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serre said officers took some people off the roofs of cars flooded by flood waters on Monday night, but left some motorists in their trucks because they were higher above the water.

“I was there last night. You couldn’t see where the roadside was. We asked one of the participants to put on a life jacket and swim to the car, which was turned over to return someone. And it happened regularly, about two o’clock, ”Serre said.

About 1,100 homes have been evacuated in Abbotsford, in addition to others in various parts of British Columbia, including Merritt, where the entire city of 7,000 was forced out of the city after the sewer system went down.

Associated Press writer Jim Morris reported the story in Vancouver, and NWN writer Rob Gillies contributed from Toronto.

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