Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Floods
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|Summary||11/17/2021 2:00:00 PM|
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Posting Date: November 17, 2021, 2:00:00 PM
Significant flooding is ongoing in part of Washington state and British Columbia following an major rainfall event known as an atmospheric river swept through the area earlier this week.
In Washington, the town of Sumas was hit particularly hard, with a reported 75% of the structures there seeing some flood damage, and hundreds requiring evacuation. Meanwhile, across the border in Abbotsford, B.C., 1,100 homes have been evacuated. In Merritt, B.C., northeast of Vancouver, all 8,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. The port of Vancouver has been cut off from road traffic by the flood waters, and the Trans Mountain pipeline, through which up to 300,000 barrels of crude oil are moved from Alberta to British Columbia daily, is also temporarily shut down.
Many of the impacted areas saw up to 8 inches of rain from this storm, or a month's worth of precipitation, in just a couple of days. The forecast is expected to be dry, however, in the coming days.