BC Interior faces more flooding as weather warms up

Grand Forks mobile home park is completely swamped with water

This large two-story cottage was originally located on one shore of New Brunswick's Grand Lake during record high floods, but was floated away on the high water and found upright more than six kilometres away where it was spotted hung up floating on the opposite shore.

Some 2,500 residents have been forced from their homes in what is being labelled as a 1-in-200 year flood event.

Chris Marsh, emergency operations centre director and program manager for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, said they expected water levels to peak overnight into Friday with different parts of the district seeing bodies of water swell between 30 and 100 centimetres.

For the latest updates check the EmergencyInfoBC flooding webpage.

Jessica Mace of the Kettle River Watershed Authority said volunteers arrived in downtown Grand Forks from across the area to help business owners and residents.

Residents of Rock Creek, B.C., were sandbagging to save a home on Thursday evening as floodwaters continue to hit large areas of the Interior of the province.

"Many businesses are starting to donate food", said Mace.

Rivers in the Boundary are expected to reach the highest levels since the devastating floods of 1948.

"Earlier this morning we were down there and there was not that much and then we went back later this afternoon", she said.

He said the snowpack in low elevation flood areas have melted, but mid-to-high elevation areas are still at risk.

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More than 2,700 people were affected by the orders, with many struggling to salvage what they could and fortifying their properties.

Flooding is also a concern outside of the Interior.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farthworth said the province is monitoring the water levels and has activated the South West Region Emergency Centre in Surrey.

Residents under evacuation order are being directed to reception centres in Grand Forks and Midway, but Maika said the surge of water should pass quickly.

Almond Gardens is among several communities battling flooding in the Kootenay-Boundary regional district.

Emergency officials are flying over the area Friday morning to try to determine how many residences are completely surrounded by water in the west Boundary area.

Evacuation orders have expanded to 1,125 additional properties in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

This is in addition to 33 properties ordered evacuated over the past two days, for a total of 1,158 properties representing almost 2,500 residents.

Parts of the town of Osoyoos were ordered evacuated Thursday and flooding is also reported in Keremeos, Cawston and Okanagan Falls.

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