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Thursday, January 27, 2022

A warning issued to British Columbians to brace for another round of rainstorms

As Highway 1 in the Fraser Valley reopens on Thursday afternoon, British Columbians are being warned to expect another round of rainstorms. According to Transportation Minister Rob Fleming, Geotechnical experts have verified that Highway 1 in the Fraser Valley will reopen to the general public at 2 p.m.

However, he stated that speed restrictions will be decreased and that people should not travel unless absolutely necessary. He warned that if the storms harm the route, it will be shut down again.

According to Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, B.C. residents could expect “three big pulses of storms,” with one on Thursday, another over the weekend, and the third and greatest on Tuesday. He remarked in a press conference on Thursday, “The time to prepare is now.” “I urge all British Columbians to be vigilant.”

He mentioned storm-proofing dwellings as well as cleaning debris and drainages. He warned people not to go on the roadways during the storms and requested that those who need to travel should have water, blankets, and food in their vehicles.

Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in B.C., and six people died as a result of major flooding and landslides triggered by an atmospheric river last week. According to Farnworth, helicopters and aeroplanes are flying over the impacted communities to evaluate the situation and provide supplies.

At the news conference, Minister of Municipal Affairs Josie Osborne remarked, “It’s rare that we have to respond to disasters.” “We know that global climate change is to cause for these shifts.” She said they’ve been reaching out to local governments since the floods began to hear their worries and address their questions.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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