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British Columbia Declares State Of Emergency, Restricts Travel

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British Columbia Premier John Horgan has declared a state of emergency following landslides and flooding that affected the southern portion of the province.

Horgan states that the declaration will ensure access to services and essential supplies for the communities in the province, according to a report.

The government is expected to introduce restrictions on travel to ensure that vital goods, healthcare, and other emergency aids can be delivered to the communities that require them.

Authorities have confirmed one death and three reports of missing persons after the torrential rains and mudslides that swept through the area destroyed roads, leaving some mountain towns isolated. 

A few towns are located in mountain areas with only a few roads, accompanied by freezing temperatures.

After an atmospheric river dumped the equivalent of a month’s rain in just two days, officials are worried that a second rainstorm could flood the pumping station near Abbotsford. The city to the east of Vancouver, with a population of 160,000 has already been partially evacuated.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is in contact with local authorities and the B.C. government to understand the situation and ensure supply chain routes. Major highways that run in and out of the province have been damaged.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is offering B.C. any help his province can provide following massive flooding and mudslides.

Kenney shared he’s had two conversations over the past few days with Premier John Horgan and says Alberta will react in any manner required.

The premier claims they are trying to help, as it will impact Alberta’s supply chain, already a critical issue prior to the storm on the weekend.

He also says that rail and truck transport that normally would move items through B.C. must now go through the United States.

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