Canada floods: ‘Extremely high’ risk of major losses

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Clouds can be seen rolling over the Cariboo Mountains near Fraser Canyon, near Nelson, B.C.

Canada has issued a “red alert” for its easternmost province for “extremely high” flood risk.

Flooding is expected in the Cariboo region, in British Columbia.

Forecasters say snow is filling rivers and lakes up to their banks and significant flooding is likely.

The wet weather, coupled with swollen rivers, has brought strong winds that could disrupt travel across British Columbia.

Flood warnings were issued earlier for parts of the western half of the province.

Flooding remains a big issue in Canada in parts of B.C. where many people have suffered water damage from record-breaking precipitation

Rain is expected to cause river flooding in the Cariboo region over the weekend, according to the Canadian Centre for Disaster Management.

It says that the region is facing a “heavy and unrelenting storm system”.

“This storm system will be relentless, extending from coast to coast and over to Edmonton,” the warning says.

The National Weather Service has warned of a “critical flood event” in the Thompson Canyon, near Nelson, British Columbia.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rain makes this jetstream seen from the southern coast of British Columbia wetter

Images of high water have been posted on social media by residents of the Cariboo region.

“We’ve seen this type of response before but never before was there a flood so significant,” Tim Hammond, the Cariboo mayor, said in a statement.

The weather is proving to be a disruptive story in other parts of the country too. Heavy snowfall was said to have blocked roads in a number of provinces.

Just before 1800 GMT, a low pressure system was moving slowly east, passing through the Province of Ontario but also spreading its rain north into northern Quebec, the Canadian Centre for Disaster Management said.

There have also been reports of minor damage due to high winds.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This winter storm brought heavy snow to southern parts of the country.

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