Landslides and torrential rains strike British Columbia

torrential rain in components of British Colombia set off landslides on Sunday and Monday, suffocation off highways, dozens in the fall of vehicles and incite evacuations and flood warnings.

The heavy rainfall extended in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, including Washington State, where Governor Jay Inslee suffered a serious weather stands of emergency on monday night for 14 provinces, making state money available respond. The governor also instructed the state emergency management division, with the help of the Washington National Guard, to coordinate aid to the affected areas.

Floods caused Interstate 5, a major road die the United States and Canada met connects, was closed in both directions in Bellingham, Washington, about 24 miles south of the border, Washington’s Transportation Department said.

Residents of Merritt, a Canadian city of more than 7,000 people about 170 miles northeast of Vancouver, was told on Monday at their . to leave homes right after heavy rain caused the Coldwater River overflows its banks. The city announced that barricades would be erected to ban access to the city Monday after 4 p.m.

flooding then disabled the city’s waste water system, a municipal notice said, warning Which anyone who Remained faced An “risk of massive sewage aid” die could threaten their health.

“Merritt residents can’t use any water, including running taps and flush toilets,” British Columbia’s minister of public safety, Mike Farnworth, said to a . news conference on Monday.

Merritt officials said floods had… also flooded two bridges die span the river, die flows for 59 miles from Cascade Mountain range, and overpowered a third bridge, rendering it impassable.

if of Monday afternoon there were no confirmed messages of fatalities due to accidents die related met the serious weathersaid Mr Farnworth.

“To the people of Merritt, and to all British Columbians die affected by the floods: please stay safe,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter on Monday. “We are ready to provide any assistance die is needed while you trade with and recover from the floods and this extreme weather.”

Bill Blair, the minister of emergency preparedness, said the government kept a close eye on the circumstances in the holes in southern British Columbia.

In Agassiz, a small community East- of Vancouver Mayor Sylvia Pranger proclaimed state of emergency after a landslide and a flood watch warning was issued for the district of Kent, including Agassiz. The landslide blocked traffic along two roads, officials said: Rockwell Drive, die himself over Extending 2.5 miles, and the Lougheed Highway, die runs for about 95 miles and is also known as Highway 7.

Martina Martinkova, who was driving with her daughter on die motorway in near Agassiz, spent more then half one day in her car, which was one of at least tens of vehicles brought to a halt by the mud.

“A lot of people” in the area were rescued by helicopter on Monday, Mr Farnworth said, without giving exact numbers.

in An interview broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mrs. Martinkova, sitting in her dark car with her child is squinting over her shoulder from the back chair, said people in vehicles around her were sharing food and water all the time ordeal.

“We were very lucky it didn’t hit us,” she said of the landslide, adding that the group had fruit and cola. “It’s bad scary.”

Paul Goal, who got stuck with to be family in An pick-up on sunday night because of two mudslides north of Hope, British Columbia, told the CBC that he and other stranded motorists “built a little of An community.”

He said that at most of the two slides, “it looks like” like the side of the mountain has just come apart, “leave a huge pile of rubble along a large stretch of the highway.

On Sunday, before he got stuck, Mr. Doel said the heavy rain had washed away out different sections of the highway and created deep potholes die destroyed the tires of multiple vehicles.

about 150 people were caught in Mr Doel’s group, he said, including health workers and a crew member from the highway department. Despite the long hours without notice from the authorities, he said no one in panic had set in. “Goods just hanging out”, he said, adding: “We have internet so that makes a big difference of people.”

Mr Farnworth told reporters on Monday that about 80 to 100 vehicles had gotten stuck on Highway 7, and that rescuers rescued many people in the area, adding that exact numbers were assessed.

“Progress had been made” made,” he said. “We’ve heard of people who to be concerned that their loved ones are in their vehicles and caught on these slides. We hear you, and we know it is difficult. But help is on the way.”

Mr Farnworth said on Monday afternoon that the crew was busy trying to find “the remaining” people” in Agassiz and Hope over the next Couple of hours.

On Monday afternoon, a Royal Canadian Air Force squadron assisted with the rescue attempts using helicopters.

The weather system used to be caused by an atmospheric river, part of a convergence of storm die were so big they moved from California to Washington and southern British Columbia.

In Washington, heavy rainfall caused floods over parts of the state on Monday, inclusive in the city of forks, in a northwest corner of the state, where helicopter crews were needed to reach 10 . to evacuate people from a residential area area, according to the US Coast Guard of the Pacific Northwest.

In Whatcom County, in a northern part of the state die borders Canada, floods led to rescue operations, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, and a mudslide shut down part of Interstate 5, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Justin Pullin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Seattle, said: region experienced a “really wet autumn this” year.”

This week the region was under a “prolonged rainfall” event”, resulting in saturated soils die, combined with the strong wind, have made bluffs unstable.

the serious weather comes after weeks of forest fires in the region. Authorities have warned that areas where vegetation has been sheared by fires could become susceptible to streams of flowing mud during heavy rain. Merritt had been through record high temperatures and forest fires in the summer.

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