British Columbia

Heavy rain and flooding fears continue in northeastern B.C.

Rural roads around Dawson Creek have been completely washed out and a handful of city streets are now closed because of flooding.

Rainfall warning issued for already saturated North Peace, Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake-Stone Mountain regions

Flood waters cover a field in Dawson Creek. (submitted by Joe Judge)

Waterlogged northeastern B.C. continues to be hammered with wet weather as flood worries rise.

Rainfall warnings are in place for the North Peace River, Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake-Stone Mountain Park regions, with Environment Canada warning that the already saturated ground has little ability to absorb further precipitation.

Communities in the regions have recorded from 30 to 80 millimetres so far from this storm, with the highest amounts observed near the Rockies over communities like Hudson Hope.

A handful of roads in Dawson Creek have been closed because of flooding and the city is offering free sandbags to residents.

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As well, a number of rural roads to the west and north of the city have been completely washed out, including the only two access roads to Brigitta Ratschker's hobby farm in the Farmington area.

"We are completely stuck in our house now," Ratschker said. "It's not a good feeling.

"My husband is a senior and he has a heart condition and it's very frighting to know we cannot get out if there's an emergency."

The city's namesake, Dawson Creek, is so swollen it has almost reached the underside of a pedestrian bridge. (submitted by Joe Judge)

Dawson Creek resident Joe Judge said he's been keeping a close eye on the creek behind his home.

"The biggest issue is that some of the infrastructure in town hasn't been able to handle the water flow, both in the sewer and the water system. Unfortunately there's been a number of basements around town that have flooded."

Judge says so far the water hasn't reached the record flood levels the city experienced in 2016.

The rain is being caused by a low pressure system sitting over northern Alberta and another 15 to 20 millimetres is expected to fall Monday before it ends.

A flooded park in Dawson Creek. (Submitted by Joanna Phinney)

Environment Canada says there is a risk of localized flooding in low-lying ground and is cautioning people not to approach washouts near rivers, creeks or culverts.

The the B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the entire area.

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