Canadian floods at worst in decades claim at least one life

Story highlights Mudslides in Canada have killed at least one person

Hundreds of homes are under water in West Vancouver

Photos below are courtesy of the Kinesiology Services Center of British Columbia. The images below are courtesy of the Canadian Red Cross.

The Upper Skaha Valley north of Vancouver, Canada, near Squamish, British Columbia, has been ravaged by what officials say was the worst flooding in decades.

On Wednesday, at least one person was confirmed dead and hundreds of homes are under water.

British Columbia Environment Ministry spokesman Gregg McClymont said rain Saturday caused a rapid rise in the Skaha River. A disaster mitigation zone has been established at Squamish and the province is moving residents out of the area.

A cleanup operation started Tuesday, but the water is expected to rise further. Squamish Mayor Rob Macdonald said the city could be without power for seven to 10 days and the mud is too powerful for some equipment.

“This is a big challenge for Squamish,” Macdonald said. “It’s the worst flooding we’ve had in 40 years.”

The search and rescue team is on standby and the hospital is treating a man for a traumatic brain injury.

Heavy rain has pounded British Columbia for several days. Pictured: Aerial view of the Skaha River near Squamish. © CTV Vancouver Island

Footage from CTV Vancouver Island shows the devastation in West Vancouver.

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