CM – Intense floods, mudslides cause evacuations in BC.

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The province has had « significant atmospheric flow », as Environment and Climate Change Canada put it, in the past three days, which has resulted in copious amounts of rain. On Monday, 11 a.m. PST, 229 millimeters have fallen in the Coquihalla summit region since Saturday, the latest reported by the federal authorities.

The situation in BC is evolving, to say the least. Below are the latest developments on this intense storm.

Resident of Merritt, B.C. were evacuated as floods inundated the city. It is estimated that 7,100 residents have found refuge elsewhere in the province. People with nowhere else to go are advised to go to emergency service centers in Kamloops and Kelowna.

Floods and mudslides have disabled several major highways in the province, stranding dozens of people. The province said Monday morning that 80 to 100 vehicles were trapped along a stretch of Highway 7 near Agassiz due to mudslides.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday afternoon that the federal government was ready to provide aid to those affected by the devastating floods in British Columbia.

An Environment Canada meteorologist believes a mixture of record rainfall, snowmelt and elevated freezing levels caused the catastrophic flooding.

« November is the wettest time of year here on the south coast, but that atmospheric river that surfaced carried moisture up from Hawaii, » said Bobby Sekhon, a meteorologist for Environment Canada, told the Surrey, BC CTV News Channel.

Sekhon added that rainfall – more than double what some areas have in a day – has increased freezing levels on the lower mainland of BC.

« That really created a bad combination of snowmelt and heavy rainfall that caused some of these effects, » he said.

At the height of the failure, an estimated 60,000 customers were groping in the dark. Most of the failures occurred in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast region.

The Port of Vancouver told CTV News Vancouver that the Canadian Coast Guard is leading the incident response.

Photos and videos from across the province show the extent of the storm’s aftermath and its impact.

In a statement, CN Rail said that one of the area’s numerous mudslides washed out and derailed the railroad. Nobody was injured in the incident.

The Trans Mountain Pipeline was shut down as a precautionary measure due to the flooding in Hope, BC.

Abbotsford, BC schools will close on Tuesday as the area struggles with flooding after a violent autumn storm.

The city of Abbotsford declared a local emergency on Monday due to flooding, which resulted in evacuations in two parts of the city and a major highway closure that is expected to last into the night.

Mudslides have on Monday November 15th , blocked off Highway 1 between Popkum and Hope, BC. Transport was captured near Popkum. (Twitter / TranBC)

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