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BC Floods: Province declares state of emergency amid record-breaking floods | FULL

CA, 18 Nov 2021
The B.C. government has declared a state of emergency connected to flooding across the province.

The declaration gives the province various powers from stopping hoarding to restricting travel in and out of flood zones.

"The order will preserve basic access to supplies across the province. We will bring in transit restrictions to ensure services get to communities that need them," B.C. Premier John Horgan said.

"Please do not hoard items."

Under the law, the state of emergency provides the government wide-sweeping powers over resources, travel and food chain protection.

The province has already had provincial states of emergency in place this year connected to COVID-19 and wildfires in the summer.

The emergency act gives the province the ability to acquire or use any land or personal property considered necessary to prevent, respond to or alleviate the effects of an emergency or disaster.

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