Buildings, vehicles in rivers
Photo: BC gov. Flickr
Flooding near Merritt in November 2021.
The clean-up from last November’s unprecedented flooding across Southern BC is still ongoing, and more than 270 debris items have been found in rivers to date.
An “atmospheric river” brought several days of extreme rainfall to BC in November, causing widespread flooding, destroying several of the province’s main highways and large swaths of land in the Abbotsford, Merritt, Princeton and Tulameen areas.
BC Spill Response posted to Twitter Friday with an update of some of the large pieces of debris that have been removed from BC rivers this past week.
Multiple vehicles, a building and a garage were removed from the Nicola River this week, while a backhoe and woody debris were removed from the Thompson River.
Meanwhile, the province continues with drone reconnaissance over the Coldwater River, looking for more debris.
Debris removal began on the Similkameen and Tulameen waterways on April 3, while vehicles and a building were also removed from the Coquihalla River this past week.
It’s not clear just how long the clean-up efforts are expected to take.
1/4 Due to last November’s atmospheric river event, large amounts of debris have collected in areas along several BC rivers and streams. To date, more than 270 items of debris have been identified and recovery efforts are underway. Here is this week’s progress:
– BC Spill Response (@SpillsInfoBC) April 8, 2022