People living in British Columbia warned to prepare for flooding

People living in areas most vulnerable to flooding are advised to be alert to changing conditions

People living in high-risk areas of British Columbia have been told to prepare for possible flooding after a warming climate brought heavier rainfall and snow melt to the state in recent months.

A red alert was issued in the Okanagan Valley, where an unusually warm and wet summer has spurred rain into forests, lowering the snowpack and making the ground soaked.

“Rain and snow are in the forecast, and rain and snow are in the forecast later,” the warning said. “We’re only seeing an increasing likelihood that the rainfall in the past three years will continue.”

Canadians have also been warned to brace for flooding and severe thunderstorms in the cities of Burnaby, Victoria and Terrace, as well as parts of the Fraser Valley north of Vancouver.

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Officials issued an evacuation alert for areas near Comox and Saanich in the Coastal region of the province, urging residents to move if they can.

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson issued a statement calling on residents to be ready in case heavy rains make the city’s waterways as dangerous as they were during 2011, when a summer storm caused widespread flooding that washed out parts of a major highway.

There were no immediate reports of any evacuation orders issued on Friday.

The Canada winter months saw many snowmelt events in areas prone to flooding, but this year has seen widespread rainfall throughout the province.

“There were a lot of heavy snowmelt events this winter. I don’t want to overstate it, but they weren’t abnormal winter years,” Mike Spracklen, the flood program manager for the province’s Emergency Management office, told CBC television.

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