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B.C. threatened by spring flood


Beach flooded in Princeton, B.C.
Beach flooded in Princeton, B.C.

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

May 13, 2011 — Recent heavy rainfall has pounded parts of B.C. leaving some areas at risk of significant flooding.

Residents urged to use sandbags to protect property
Residents urged to use sandbags to protect property

Spring flooding has devastated most of the country this year and now it has become a threat for parts of B.C. as well.

Several areas including the Cariboo and the Okanagan regions are at risk of flooding through the weekend.

The Rivers Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the community of Falkland, just north of Vernon. Recent heavy rainfall combined with warmer temperatures and a deep snowpack has increased water levels along the Salmon River and residents are being told to brace for localized flooding.

There's a potential for spill over for areas north of Prince George as well and a local emergency operations centre has been opened there.

Minor flooding has already been reported along the Priest Creek in Kelowna's southeast corner. Rising levels of the Cottonwood River also prompted a local state of emergency in the Cariboo Regional District.

Emergency management officials say free sandbags are available for property owners from Vernon to Armstrong. Residents are urged to take action and protect their homes.

With files from The Canadian Press

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