A local state of emergency has been declared for B.C.'s Central Coast where a flood warning is in place.

The warning means that river levels in Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Kingcome and surrounding areas have or will soon be overflowing their banks.

"The road out of Bella Coola is closed at this point," said emergency co-ordinator Steven Waugh. "Rivers are pounding a couple of dikes. There is water in some yards and some houses are being affected so we are evacuating some residents."

Forty-five homes have been ordered evacuated in the Hagensborg and Walker Island areas although some people have decided to stay inside. Eighty homes have no drinking water, reported the CBC's Betsy Trumpener.

Highway 20, the only land route into the Central Coast has been shut down at Firvale because of washouts, she said.

Stewart, B.C.

Stewart, B.C.

Heavy rain fell overnight Thursday into Friday with totals ranging from 40 to 120 mm. The rain is expected to continue in Central and North coasts.

For the second time in a month, a mudslide and flooding cut off the remote northwestern community of Stewart.

Highway 37A is closed in both directions, due to a mudslide at Bear Glacier 36 kilometres east of Stewart while flooding has also closed a section of Highway 37. Those two highways are the only land routes connecting Stewart with the rest of B.C.

Earlier this month, flooding washed out sections of the roads and food supplies had to be brought in by barge. 

In Kitimat, more than 1,200 people lost their power on Friday. BC Hydro says a tree fell across some power lines, but it's not clear if the outage is connected to high winds on the North Coast.

With files from the CBC's Betsy Trumpener