BRITISH COLUMBIA

Mudslides, Floods Hit B.C. Interior

06/20/2013 03:09 EDT | Updated 08/20/2013 05:12 EDT
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Orange caution sign saying road flooded against Fraser river flooding over road.
Heavy rains and torrential rivers continue to cause evacuations, mudslides, road closures and widespread flooding across large areas of southeastern B.C, and southwestern Alberta.

On Thursday night up to 100,000 people in Calgary were facing evacuation as flood waters continued to rise in the city and surrounding communities.

- Read more about the evacuations and flooding in Alberta

In B.C. more than 130 millimetres of rain fell in some regions over the past two days, forcing the evacuation of 130 homes at the Mountain View Mobile Home Park in Sparwood.

Nearby, crews tried to shore up Highway 3 against the rising waters, but traffic was reduced to a single lane. Drivers are warned the road could close completely if conditions worsen.

In Fairmont Hot Springs, backed-up culverts pushed water in to yards and streets and forced the evacuation of a campgrounds and some homes.

Highway 93 east of Radium to Castle Junction was closed due to multiple washouts and debris flow in Alberta.

The Trans Canada Highway 1 east of Golden remained closed due to multiple washouts and debris flow sites in Alberta. DriveBC suggest drivers use Highway 5 or Highway 16 as an alternative routes.

On Highway 31 north of Kaslo, two mudslides have reduced traffic to a single lane.

Highway 31A from New Denver to Kaslo has been closed by a washout.

Environment Canada is forecasting further rainfall amounts of five to 10 millimetres before the rain tapers off to a few showers as the system weakens overnight Thursday.

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