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Destruction still carried on to mount in rain- and flood-stricken southwestern B.C.

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  • Some expert engineers confirmed that the seriously damaged infrastructure has been severely damaged.
  • One person died.

Torrential rain across southwestern British Columbia from the weekend has devasted and it continues damaging yet. However, one person died news was confirmed.

It was due to atmospheric river which has brought heavy downpours and has triggered flooding and landslides, which has led the evacuation of the center city of Merrit, also further the Fraser Valley the interior was evacuated and also Vancouver Island.

The body of a woman was recovered at the site of the mudslide on Monday from Highway 99 near Lillooet. Police said there might be more disturbing situations with their rescue and search efforts.

On early Tuesday, the evacuation orders were issued in Abbotsford and Chilliwack asking residents to leave the Sumas Prairie and Yarrow neighborhoods immediately because floodwaters continued to upsurge. However, schools were closed in the Fraser Valley municipalities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, and Mission on Tuesday.

However, an important portion of the province is recently under either flood watch or flood warning.

The flood watch is rising levels of water in their banks and flood adjacent areas. While flood warning is areas already under flood.

The southern area highways of the province were also closed because of mudslides and debris flows, While the parts of the Coquihalla and Trans Canada highways are washing away in rivers. Several motorists were caught on the roads, which were rescued by helicopter on Monday.

In Merrit, out of three bridges across the surging Coldwater one has been collapsed and the other two have to be inspected to check if they are still structurally sound.

However, the expert engineer comments with the serious damage it will take time to develop and repair and work relating to flood protection and dikes will be a challenging task for this week.

Read More: Devastation continues to mount in rain- and flood-stricken southwestern B.C. | CBC News

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