Up to 50 of those trapped on Highway 7 east of Vancouver are children, officials said.
David Boone, director of Vancouver’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue, told CBC News on Monday that fire crews had already rescued at least 14 people trapped in vehicles after the rainy weather.
“What complicates this situation is that we have two slips on Highway 7 and we have people who have been trapped in the debris… and some have been rescued,” Boone told CBC News.
Officials do not yet know if they know the full extent of the number of vehicles and people missing, Boone said.
According to the agency, ambulances are being deployed to Chilliwack in case patients require care following flooding or landslides.
Rain and wind triggered evacuation orders in British Columbia and flood warnings in Washington state.
Authorities have ordered the 7,000 residents of the town of Merritt, British Columbia, to evacuate.
“The high floods have rendered the city’s sewage treatment plant unusable for an indefinite period. The continued habitation of the community without sanitation presents a risk of massive backflow of sewage and a risk to personal health, ”city officials said on Monday in a statement announcing the evacuation order. .
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the government is ready to give the city all the help it needs.
“We are here for you,” he said.
Elsewhere in the province, several homes in Abbotsford have been ordered to be evacuated after a local emergency was declared.
“The town of Abbotsford is currently experiencing heavy rainfall which has resulted in several localized emergencies in the town. Various small mudslides and localized flooding have occurred in many areas of the city, ”the city said in a press release.
There are numerous closures and delays on the highways. Transportation BC tweeted images of mudslides covering the roads.
Police in the US border town of Sumas, Wash., Tweeted videos of flooding.
A video shared by Sumas Police shows a road flooded with water. Police told residents in a tweet on Monday that the road to the Canadian border had been closed.
Another video shared by Christine Smith, a Bellingham resident, shows a significant amount of water from Squalicum Creek pouring out and rushing down the street.
At least 160,000 residents of northwest Washington were experiencing power outages as of 3:30 p.m. PT, according to poweroutage.us.
Dozens of roads were closed on Monday after heavy rains hit the area for three days.
The high winds were so strong in the area that the National Weather Service reported a gust of 99 mph at an altitude of 6,680 feet on Mount Rainier.
“The winds with the surge across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, across Whidbey Island, to the shores of Skagit and Snohomish counties were between 45 and 60 MPH. Winds should ease as they move inland. The wind change is going to be sudden and strong #wawx, ”the National Weather Service office in Seattle tweeted.
Several rivers in Washington are subject to flood warnings, and roads in Olympic National Park have been repeatedly reported closed due to flooding and mudslides.
The US Coast Guard tweeted that they were helping local authorities evacuate residences west of the town of Forks.
“Report of 10 people at risk of rising flood waters in the region. No injuries were reported, ”the tweet said.
Skagit County officials announced that Covid-19 testing and vaccination sites would be closed on Monday and Tuesday due to flooding and high winds.