Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Southern BC bracing for round 2 of flooding as snowpacks melt

Southern BC bracing for round 2 of flooding as snowpacks melt

UPDATE: 11:18 a.m.

Emergency crews and residents in the flood-ravaged community of Grand Forks, B.C. say they're bracing for a second surge in what officials are calling the worst flood to hit the region in decades.

Flood tired residents in southern British Columbia are being told to brace for round two as rising temperatures accelerate the melting of high elevation snowpacks.

McKinnon says the rapid snowmelt is pushing up river levels and now there's a forecast of rain for the region by Wednesday.

About 100 properties have been evacuated in the area and another 600 are under evacuation alert.

He said areas of concern will continue to be located in the Okanagan, Boundary, Shuswap, Similkameen Valley along with new and emerging areas such as the Kootenays, Prince George, Quesnel and the Bulkley and Lakes District areas.

"The efforts today, all of the construction crews and maintenance crews will be hard at it, trying to get as much done before things happen, likely on Thursday", McKinnon says.

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Little help in sight from Mother Nature when it comes to the flooding situation in B.C.'s Interior.

The threat of flooding remains high as sweltering heat is causing heavy snowpacks to rapidly melt.

A larger snow pack than a year ago and rapid snow melt from higher than normal temperatures has led to flooding around the province, particularly in smaller tributaries.

"We are shifting away from low- to mid-elevation influence in the rivers that are fed from that and moving our way to the upper elevations, so that's creating a transition in terms of the rivers that are susceptible and at most risk in the coming days".

According to BC's River Forecast Centre, we're heading into a fourth consecutive week of above normal temperatures in the North.

Disaster financial assistance is now available for eligible British Columbians who have been affected by the flooding that began on May 7.

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