Heavy rain, spring snowmelt threaten several B.C. communities with flooding

The mayor of Grand Forks, B.C., says he’s confident the community’s downtown is prepared for a 200-year flood, as the rain begins to fall in earnest in the community. The city of about 4,100 residents, not far from the Canada-U. S. border, already endured a major flood in 2018 and is one of several currently threatened by rising waters throughout B.C.’s southern and central Interior. Mayor Everett Baker said they’ve protected what they can. “I have great confidence in our flood mitigation program that will do the job it needs to do in the downtown core and protect industry,” he said, while watching the rain come down from his office window on Friday. “Is it enough? I guess Monday morning will tell that story.” A week of record temperatures melted mountain…

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