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BC floods: Abbotsford officials provide update after provincial state of emergency declared | FULL

CA, 18 Nov 2021
Officials in Abbotsford, British Columbia, provided an update Thursday after the B.C. government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday connected to massive flooding and landslides across the province.

Abbotsford police chief Mike Serr said Wednesday that first responders were able to evacuate 184 people from the Sumas Prairie Tuesday night as water levels continued to rise, and that rescue operations would continue.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that government officials are working with U.S. counterparts to find ways to divert those cut off from roads that have been destroyed, as well as to try and limit supply chain challenges. He also said hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members have been deployed to assist.

Authorities have so far confirmed one death after torrential rains and mudslides destroyed roads and left several mountain towns isolated. At least three people are missing.

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