Landslides and torrential rains batter the British Columbia

Landslides and torrential rains batter the British Columbia ...

The rain in many provinces of British Columbia ended with landlides Sunday and Monday, choking off highways, trapping dozens of vehicles and prompting flood warnings and evacuations.

The city announced barricades were imposed to prevent access to Merritt, the Canadian city of more than 7,000 people about 170 miles northeast of Vancouver. The residents told Monday they would leave their homes immediately after heavy rain caused the Coldwater River to spill its banks. The city announced that barricades would be built to ban access to the city after 4 p.m. local time Monday.

A municipal notice said that the waste water system suffered from a catastrophic flood that destroyed the citys waste-water system. This warned that anyone who had stayed is exposed to a massive sewage backup risk causing harm to their health.

The minister of public safety of the British Columbia, Mike Farnworth, said at a press conference Monday.

Merritt officials said floodwaters inundated two bridges that spanned the river, which flows for 59 miles from Cascade and flows into the third and has made it impassable.

Farnworth said there had no confirmed reports of fatalities from any accidents related to the severe weather, except Monday afternoon, the announcement was confirmed.

So as to cope with the flooded, please stay safe, and to all the British Columbians affected by the flood, a prime minister said on Twitter on Monday. We will provide as much assistance as possible for you to recover from the flood and the severe weather.

Bill Blair said the government is monitored closely in the southern area of British Columbia.

In Agassiz, a small community east of Vancouver, Mayor Sylvia Pranger declared a state of emergency in response to a landslide. A flood alert was issued for the District of Kent, which includes Agassiz. The landslide blocked traffic along two roadways, officials said. The lane of the highway runs for about 90 miles, and the Lougheed Highway is also known as the Highway 7.

Martina Martinkova spent more than half a day in her car, which was one of dozens of vehicles brought to a stop by the muck.

Farnworth said that many people in this area were rescued Monday by helicopter, without saying exact numbers.

In an interview aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Martinkova sat in her dark car and watched her son on the back seat, announcing that the people in the vehicles around her shared their food and water throughout the ordeal.

The group had fruit and Coke, she said of the landslide, a lorry and a slouch. In fact, that group didn't have to hit us, she said of the landslide, adding that the group were very lucky. They were extremely fortunate it didn't hit us, she said of the landslide. It was very scary.

Paul Doel, who lost touch on his family Sunday night after two mudslides in Hope, British Columbia, and told the CBC that he and other stranded motorists had construed a bit of a community a little while later, told the CBC that he and other stranded motorists had built a a few small communities.

He said that at the largest of the two slides, like that side of the mountain has just gathered together, leaving a huge pile of debris on a large stretch of the highway.

Doel said that it was not too late to rain, but when he became stuck, that the heavy rain wiped out several sections of the highway and made a lot of potholes that destroyed several vehicles tires.

He said that about 150 people were trapped in Doels group, including a health care worker, and a highway dispatcher. "We are just hanging out", he said, noting that all the people have panicked, but the internet is very effective.

Farnworth told reporters on Monday about 80-100 vehicles were trapped on Highway 7 and that the emergency worker had rescued many people in the area, adding that exact number was being assessed.

He told reporters that "Progress had been made" and that people are worried about their loved ones being trapped in their vehicle and on those slides. We hear her and know it is hard. But help is done.

Farnworth said Monday afternoon that crews were working to help the rest of the people in Agassiz and Hope over the next few hours.

On Monday afternoon, a Royal Canadian Air Force squadron helped with rescues by helicopter.

During this prolonged rainfall it was the Pacific Northwest of the United States, along with Washington, and the California mountains formed from an atmospheric river that conjures the environment. The storms created a convergence of storms that extended into Washington, and Southern British Columbia.

Among the cities of Forks, the Northwest and Forks, 10 people were evacuated from the residential area, according to the American Coast Guard of the Pacific Northwest.

The Washington State Patrol estimates that sewage damage in Whatcom County, in a northern part of the state that borders Canada, caused emergency evacuations, according to the Sheriffs Office, and a mudslide closed off part of Interstate 5 as much as the state's main highway.

Ignite, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Seattle, said the region has experienced a really wet fall this year.

This week, the region was under an extreme rainfall event, which caused a sluggish ground in which bluffs were smudtered in combined with strong winds, which make it hard to run out of bluffs.

The extreme weather caused several weeks of wildfires in the region. The authorities warned areas where vegetation has been shorned by fires could be vulnerable to rushing mud. Merritt experienced record high temperatures and wildfires during the summer.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

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