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Thunderstorms expected to add to flood woes in B.C

May 17, 2018 2:45 PM
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GRAND FORKS, B.C.—Environment Canada has issued special weather statements covering the entire southeastern corner of British Columbia, including the flood-damaged Boundary region, as thunderstorms have the potential to add even more water to already raging rivers.

Forecasters call for as much as 40 millimetres of rain by Friday and there’s concern about added damage caused by heavy downpours during localized thunderstorms.

A news release from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says properties along the banks of the surging Kettle River are at risk and more evacuation orders are possible as rain and rapid snowmelt could lead to a second round of flooding.

School District 51, which operates eight elementary schools, two secondary schools and a development centre in the Boundary region, says all schools will be closed today because of the potential for sudden, serious flooding.


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