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Some BC flood victims return home


Staff writers

June 27, 2012 — The evacuation order in Sicamous, BC has been lifted, but several residents still remain out of their homes. Clean-up efforts are underway.

The flooding has also caused some washouts across the Interior
The flooding has also caused some washouts across the Interior

Most of the evacuated residents in Sicamous have been given the green light to go home following a weekend of flash flooding.

Emergency officials say the evacuation order for 250 people in the Swansea Point neighbourhood has been lifted.

Swansea Point evacuee James Hopkins said the community pulled together when the floods hit.

"Tremendous support from the community, and the RCMP and the fire department and everybody. They've stepped up," he said Tuesday.

Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate from communities in BC's Interior after heavy rain and an above average snowpack raised water levels along the Fraser River.

In the Kootenays, a 72-year-old man was killed after he was swept away along with a bridge over Goose Creek, north of Castlegar. He was identified Monday as a resident of Crescent Valley.

There are communities that are still under an evacuation alert and the threat of flooding remains high for some places.

The fast-flowing waters have also left significant damage and residents face the daunting task of cleaning up the mess.

Farah Dhalla knee-deep in water in Grindrod Tuesday
Farah Dhalla knee-deep in water in Grindrod Tuesday

The Weather Network's Farah Dhalla was in Mara on Tuesday where some roads have been completely washed out.

"Much of the road has started to break apart and what we're seeing now is sediment and rock from the rising river levels," says Dhalla.

Emergency crews have blocked off certain roadways, but residents are eager to see what's left of their properties.

Dhalla also travelled to the community of Grindrod, where she says parks have been deserted, residents remain without power and some homes are without clean drinking water.

Emergency service officers have arrived in BC and Saskatchewan is lending resources and expertise to help deal with the wide-spread flooding.

Be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV as Farah Dhalla reports LIVE from the flood scene. She'll provide up-to-date coverage on the situation.

Also, follow us on Twitter and tweet us your flood-related pics and observations, but ONLY if it safe to do so.

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