Update on BC Flood Watch: More communities preparing to leave

What we know so far:

As of today, evacuation orders are in place across most of the Lower Mainland due to spring runoffs making way for rising water levels. Now more alerts have been ordered.

Barston Island,  located between Surrey and Pitt Meadows,  is one of the latest communities under an evacuation alert. Access to the island has been restricted to people living there, businesses, and families.

Meanwhile, water levels on the Fraser River are also expected to rise.  In Chilliwack, three homes which aren’t protected by the cities diking system are now under an evacuation order. Several others have also received evacuation alerts.

The Township of Langley has issued an evacuation alert for unprotected flood plains in areas of Northwest Langley and Glen Valley, this also includes Brae Island and McMillan Island. The evacuation alert is warning people in the affected areas to pack their belongings and be ready to leave if water levels continue to rise.

Hardest hit communities from the flood:

Most of Southern BC has been hit the hardest.

Among the many communities is Grand Forks, which is now expecting yet another flood surge. This area is now watching water levels rise in the Granby River.

At least 1,500 homes in this district remain under evacuation order.

More than 2,600 homes across the province have been put on evacuation alert.

People passing through the area have captured some of the high water levels in Grand Forks.

The Regional District of  Kootenay Boundary (RDKB)  has closed neighbourhoods connecting to Grand Forks. Police are patrolling the road blocks and restricting access.

The evacuation order for Ruckle was set on May 10.

In the Okanagan…

Residents gathered on Tuesday night to discuss their concerns about the flooding crisis.

Osoyoos Lake has leveled off after more snow packs melt, it is predicted to reach historic high levels later on in the week.

Disaster assistance has been provided to some residents but is limited to primary homeowners.

Lake Country

A state of emergency has been declared for the District Lake Country with high levels of water on the rise.

Local states in emergency are also in place for Kelowna, Peachland, West Kelowna as well as the central Okanagan’s West Electorial Area.

Kermeos

A care home in the Similkameen Valley is relocating their residents due to more evacuation alerts and ongoing flooding.

If you want to see and actual plot of the flood- click on the image below to see our interactive map.

 

-With files from Srushti Gangdev