Environment Canada has issued rain and thunderstorm warnings for BC Interior

May 17 2018, 11:27 pm

After thousands of British Columbians in the BC Interior have already been forced to leave their homes, the damage only looks to get worse as flooding and water levels continue to rise.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement earlier this morning for the following parts of the Interior:

  • Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lake
  • Boundary
  • East Kootenay
  • Elk Valley
  • Kootenay Lake
  • Okanagan Valley
  • West Kootenay

The announcement called for heavy rain and thunderstorms to follow throughout the long weekend that will hit a number of areas affected by the floods.

According to the release, “showers will continue over the Kootenays and will spread west towards the Okanagan Valley” by Thursday afternoon. There’s a high risk of heavy downpour and embedded thunderstorms.

Overall, an estimated 20 to 40 mm of rainfall is expected by late Friday.

Many communities in the Interior have already declared a local state of emergency, with rising water levels looking to threaten properties and town infrastructure.

Several highways have also been affected. Highway 3 and Highway 8 were closed due to flooding last week.

The provincial government has recently announced a fundraising campaign to help those affected by the food. The province announced that they will match donations to the Red Cross, dollar-for-dollar, for up to $20 million.

Ralph Goodale, Public Safety Minister has also announced that he approved the province’s request for federal assistance.

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