Communities in western Canada CanadaAfter overwhelming floods, those who were forced to flee their homes due to wildfires or extreme heat are now under evacuation orders.
Helicopters were sent to Highway 7 over 100 kilometres east of Vancouver to rescue approximately 285 people, including 50 children. The road was blocked by a mudslide on Sunday night.
“I definitely heard people screaming for help”, Adam Wuisman, who was driving the section of the highway when a landslide hit, told CBC News. “It’s kind of helpless to feel like you’re between a very vulnerable mountainside on one side and the Fraser River on the other side. And there’s really nothing you can do about it, but hope nothing comes down on top of you.”
Images of surging rivers, mudslides, flooded citiesAnd destroyed highwaysSocial media circulated the information as officials tried to assess the extent of the damage and warned residents that the situation could get worse as winds picked-up throughout the day.
Environment Canada reports that Hope received 225 mm of rain since Saturday’s storm. 180 mm had fallen around Agassiz, Chilliwack and the eastern Fraser Valley.
After two bridges and its water treatment facility were overwhelmed by flood waters, the city of Merritt issued an evacuation order to all residents, warning that “continued habitation of the community without sanitary services presents risk of mass sewage back-up and personal health risk”.
Merritt issued the last evacuation orders in this summer’s wildfire. destroyed the village of LyttonThe city was dangerously close to their hearts
The province has seen a significant increase in tourism since June. record-setting ‘heat dome’Massive wildfires that devastated the area. destroyed two communitiesThe climate crisis, experts say, has made it more difficult to breathe for weeks. Last week, Vancouver, British Columbia’s largest city, was briefly placed under tornado watch, a rare event for the region.