12/10/2014 10:34 EST | Updated 02/09/2015 05:59 EST

B.C. Storm: Cities Prepare For More Wind, Flooding


VANCOUVER - Cities across B.C.'s south coast are bracing for more flooding as two municipalities have already declared a state of emergency in the midst of strong winds, heavy rainfall and high river tides.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment says the next big Pacific storm is making landfall and has issued a number of wind and rainfall warnings.

City of Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula says several business and homes have been damaged by flooding and says more than 50 residents of a year-round trailer park have been asked to evacuate.

In Delta, Mayor Lois Jackon has declared a state of emergency in some parts of the city, as part of a private seawall has collapsed and more seawall breaches are expected as conditions worsen.

Vancouver is getting ready for an anticipated king tide, and has placed 30,000 sandbags along a stretch of low-lying waterfront land in an attempt to protect homes.

The task was completed in advance of forecasted weather events that have already cut power to thousands of residents and flooded streets.

(CKNW, The Canadian Press)

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