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B.C. mayor mulls declaring state of emergency following violent flooding

CACHE CREEK, B.C. - The mayor of a small British Columbia town is looking to declare a state of emergency after a violent storm tore through the province's Interior and left a trail of damage and flooding in its wake.Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta says about 50 people were forced from their homes on Saturday after rainfall levels in the area topped 26 millimetres in a single hour.Ranta says declaring a state of local emergency in the community near Kamloops could mean more financial support for rebuilding in the damaged community of about 1,000 residents.Cache Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Tom Moe says the town looks like a war zone, with damage and debris strewn everywhere.Moe says fire crews had difficulty responding to emergency calls on Saturday because a mud flow had forced its way through the department's bay doors and spewed through the fire hall.On Sunday, B.C. Premier Christy Clark tweeted her support for residents affected by the flooding.Environment Canada says a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for Kamloops, the Okanagan and the Shuswap. (CFJC)

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