B.C. storm triggers flood warning, winter driving conditions

A storm crossing B.C. today has triggered a flood warning, an evacuation alert and winter driving conditions across parts of the interior of the province.

Flood warning issued to residents of Upper Clearwater River area

A storm crossing B.C. on Wednesday morning created winter driving conditions on the summit of Coquihalla Highway 5. (Drive B.C. )

A storm crossing B.C. today has triggered a flood warning, an evacuation alert and winter driving conditions across parts of the interior of the province.

Environment Canada says as much as 25 millimeters of rain is expected for the southern Interior, Thompson, Kootenay and Columbia regions, exacerbating the risk of flooding already caused by recent snowmelt.

The storm created winter driving conditions of the summit of the Coquihalla Highway on Wednesday morning.

The Thompson Nicola Regional District say there is a risk of flooding at Second Creek Canyon at Clearwater Valley Road, north of the District of Clearwater.

The evacuation alert means residents should be ready to leave at a moment's notice if conditions worsen.

In the event of an evacuation, people in the area are asked to leave the area by travelling south on Clearwater Valley Road. A reception Center will be established at the North Thompson Sportsplex.

  • The B.C. River Forecast centre has also issued a flood warning for the Clearwater River.
  • Flood watches remain in effect for the Quesnel and Horsefly rivers.
  • High stream flow advisories remain in place for the North Thompson River, as well as the Cariboo Mountains and along tributaries of the eastern mid-Fraser River including the Cottonwood River. 

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