Deadly B.C. flooding prompts more evacuations, highway closures

June 25, 2012CANADA - Hundreds of British Columbians are away from their homes, others are without clean drinking water and at least one person is dead as a weekend of heavy rain flooded homes and washed away roads in several areas of the province. Hardest hit is Sicamous, a community of about 3,100 people north of Kelowna, where about 350 people have been ordered to leave their homes due to flooding along the Sicamous and Hummingbird Creeks. At least one home has been swept away and many more have been damaged, along with dozens of cars after flash floods tore through Sicamous neighborhoods, between Shuswap and Mara Lakes. There have been smaller evacuations in other areas, such as in Valemount, just west of the B.C.-Alberta boundary near Jasper, Alta., and residents in a number of communities have been told to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. In the Kootenays, emergency officials say 72-year-old Edward Posnikoff was killed Saturday night after he was swept away along with a bridge over Goose Creek. The flooding has also made travel through the province difficult or impossible in some areas, as mudslides and floods force closures on the Trans-Canada Highway near Revelstoke and Highway 97A south of Sicamous, and reduce traffic on other routes. –Globe and Mail
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4 Responses to Deadly B.C. flooding prompts more evacuations, highway closures

  1. Irene C says:

    I have been watching footage from out of Florida from Tropical Storm Debby. It is also terrible there. Also storms up the East Coast. That is why people need to realize that a tropical storm doesn’t have to be a hurricane to cause massive damage. Debby is a slow moving (stationary right now) storm and there is still a possibility that she could venture out into the Atlantic and increase in power again.

    Maranatha

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    • ONTHEMARK55 says:

      Good point, the focus is usually when storms are at hurricane status, but it seems most of damage comes from the flooding of tropical storms. I bet water damage/fooding is one of, if not the costliest, natural disasters on a yearly basis.

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  2. Phil says:

    I know flooding has been more of the hot button issue, but have you made mention of the horrible drought in the Midwest usa alvin? I am here in no. central Indiana and old timer farmers are telling me this is the bsolute worst drought they have ever seen in this region.

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    • ONTHEMARK55 says:

      Hi Phil, it would be interesting if anyone could compare now to the 30’s dust Bowl era. Hard to find someone that lived it(70-80yrs ago) but there might be some local info you could find. The reason i bring it up is my Dad who grew up in N. Dakota said that they had bumper harvest in 1929 and by 1932 everything was gone. Curious if similar conditions are occuring, other than the economy!!!! Take care

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