BC braces for second surge of floodwaters

Southern BC bracing for round 2 of flooding as snowpacks melt

Southern BC bracing for round 2 of flooding as snowpacks melt

Chris Duffy of Emergency Management B.C. said about 2,000 homes are subject to evacuation orders - almost 1,500 of those are in the Kootenay-Boundary Regional District.

"Average temperatures over the last three weeks have been six degrees above normal", he said.

Volunteers set up a bladder barrier in downtown Grand Forks.

The province is heading into its fourth week of extreme heat and daytime highs in the city forecast to run about 10 C above normal over the coming days.

Campbell said parts of the Fraser Valley could reach historic flow levels as the Fraser River reaches nearly 12,000 cubic metres per second in Hope by the weekend, and could grow to levels unseen since 1948.

Campbell did have some good news for residents in floodwatch areas, saying the mid-elevation snowpack is now dwindling and some areas are on the cusp of transitioning away from the amount of melting snow that drives flooding.

"The next seven to 10 days here is really going to be the crux for the Fraser", he said.

Asked specifically about the prospects for the community of Grand Forks, which has been hit hard by flooding, he said in a statement that water levels on the Granby and Kettle rivers are rising and expected to continue doing so through the week, with showers in the middle of the week making the situation worse.

Duffy said rainfall and hot weather in the Kootenays and other areas that have not yet experienced similar flood levels to the rest of the Interior could be particularly challenging this weekend, including Prince George, Quesnel, and the Bulkley lakes district.

Those areas also includes parts of the north Okanagan east of Vernon into Enderby and Salmon Arm, where higher elevations have kept upper snowpacks from melting.

Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff said 53 residents have already evacuated, but said that number may increase significantly.

To register for Disaster Financial Assistance, visit the B.C. government website.

Premier John Horgan has said this may be a "one-in-one-hundred-years" flooding season and the provincial government will review its options for further supporting impacted communities Monday morning.

Chris Marsh, director of the Emergency Operations Centre for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, said floods have already had catastrophic damage in areas like Grand Forks.