One week after flooding hit B.C., federal ministers take stock as severe weather looms – .

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One week after flooding hit B.C., federal ministers take stock as severe weather looms – .


The federal ministers of Emergency Preparedness, National Defense, Transportation, Employment and the Environment provide an update on the state of emergency in British Columbia at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET). You can watch it live in our player above.


The province is calling on residents in various areas to prepare for inclement weather on Sunday as residents of other parts of British Columbia continue to grapple with the ravages of flooding and mudslides.

Rain, wind and snow warnings are in effect for Haida Gwaii and the central and north coasts of British Columbia as another atmospheric river flows through the area.

Kitimat could receive up to 80 millimeters of rain, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Prince Rupert could see up to 150 millimeters of rain.

Stewart, about 350 kilometers north of Kitimat, has already received 20 centimeters of snow, with more expected on Sunday.

Gusts of up to 110 km / h are expected to hit Haida Gwaii on Sunday evening and persist until Monday evening.

Environment Canada says flooding and landslides could occur in northern British Columbia due to heavy rains.

Other areas of the province were severely affected by extreme weather conditions last week that damaged highways, destroyed homes and killed several people.

Wet snow is forecast for Merritt, which was flushed out last week when flood waters damaged the sewage treatment facility.

Those working to recover and prevent further damage in Fraser Valley communities such as Abbotsford and Chilliwack can expect clear skies on Sunday, but as of Monday, more precipitation is expected and could last for a whole year. the week.

The government is urging British Columbia’s north coast to prepare for extreme weather on Sunday, exactly one week after flooding that devastated parts of the province. (Christian Amundson/CBC)

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said on Saturday he was watching the weather forecast closely, fearing the system would speed up on Wednesday.

“If there is 100 millimeters of rain, if it rains in 24 hours, that’s a problem,” he said.

“If that happens in three or four days, maybe everything will be fine. “

According to a tweet from the City of Chilliwack, repairs to the Sumas seawall are complete.

Braun said on Friday that ultimately the entire dam may need to be rebuilt to a higher standard to protect the Sumas Grassland, a major agricultural area that suffered extensive flooding as water gushed out of it. the Nooksack River from neighboring Washington State.

Braun is expected to provide an update at 2 p.m. PT.

The Okanagan Similkameen Regional District said assessment teams were visiting properties in the area, including Princeton, distributing back-to-school kits to homes affected by the flooding. The district said it was working to send electricity, gas and catering services to those areas.

A landslide blocks a road during flooding in Abbotsford, British Columbia on November 15. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

PM holds special meeting on British Columbia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has scheduled a meeting for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the situation in British Columbia

Wednesday it pledged to support the province as it struggles to rebuild, and has said it will send members of the Canadian Armed Forces to help. The first contingent of nine military officers arrived thursday and others have since arrived.

Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole sent a letter to Trudeau on Sunday calling for an emergency debate as soon as possible to discuss the situation in British Columbia

He also called for Conservative MPs to have access to the same briefings the federal government shares with the province to ensure all leaders are on the same page.

Provincial Agriculture Minister Lana Popham is asking for financial assistance from Ottawa for what she expects to be a “massive”, “unprecedented” reconstruction.

“Right now we’re sort of still dealing with the ongoing emergency, but we’ll go into assessment mode as soon as we can catch our breath,” she told CBC’s Rosemary Barton.



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