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BC announces flood disaster relief

Severe flooding was reported throughout Port Hardy
Severe flooding was reported throughout Port Hardy

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

September 28, 2010 — The BC government is pledging disaster assistance for those affected by this week's heavy rain and damaging coastal floods.

Record amounts of rain in B.C. this September
Record amounts of rain in B.C. this September

It's been one fall storm after another along the coast of BC this week. As a result, parts of the central coast and northern Vancouver Island have been dealing with damaging floods.

Since Thursday, more than 200 mm of rain has fallen in Port Hardy, prompting the city's mayor to issue a temporary state of emergency. Roads were completely washed out and several residents were forced to leave their homes. Most residents have now returned, but another bout of heavy rain could put communities over the edge.

Bella Coola was another hard-hit area. Rising waters stranded several residents, leaving boats and helicopters the only way to access the region. A stretch of Highway 20 was closed down and the local airport runway was completely flooded. Meanwhile, in Port Alice, residents were evacuated after a mudslide washed out the main road on Friday.

Officials continue to assess the extensive damage and estimate it will be weeks before things return back to normal.

Near-record rain so far in Vancouver
Near-record rain so far in Vancouver

On Monday, Premier Gordon Campbell announced disaster funding for the affected areas. The disaster assistance program covers 80 per cent of repairs that exceed $1,000, up to a maximum of $300,000.

The weather has also been soggy in Metro Vancouver this week. Only 3 mm of additional rainfall is needed for the city to break its' all-time rainfall record for the month of September.

Higher than normal precipitation is expected in parts of British Columbia this fall. Find out where by reading our Fall Outlook.

For more local details in your area, click our British Columbia Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your local forecast comes up every ten minutes on the tens.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison and Jill Colton

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