Canada flooding: Thousands evacuated from danger and highway collapses after heavy rain

, Canada flooding: Thousands evacuated from danger and highway collapses after heavy rain, The Habari News
, Canada flooding: Thousands evacuated from danger and highway collapses after heavy rain, The Habari News

Relentless rain has continued to batter British Columbia with rainfall warnings remaining in effect across the region. Mudslides and localised flooding caused more than 100 homes in Abbotsford to be placed on evacuation alerts.

Now, the Mayor of Merritt, Linda Brown, has issued an evacuation warning for her city.

The order read: “Pursuant to Section 13 (1) of the BC Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Order has been issued by the City of Merritt due to immediate danger to health and safety caused by a flood in the community.

“In particular, the Wastewater Treatment Plant is inundated and non-operational and will be for an indefinite period of time.”

It continued: “Continued habitation of the community without sanitary services presents risk of mass sewage back-up and personal health risk.”

The evacuation order has been issued for the entire city.

, Canada flooding: Thousands evacuated from danger and highway collapses after heavy rain, The Habari News

The order tells residents to “leave the city immediately” and arrange accommodation with friends and family in a different community.

The Canadian city is also arranging for buses to transport residents to Kamloops and Kelowna.

According to the order, the city has “coordinated with gas stations to ensure that they remain open” and urged residents not to “turn off your natural gas”.

More to follow…