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Extreme rainfall and windy conditions continue to plague the province of British Columbia, as the province brace itself for more rain.
Dramatic footage from the region show shocking flooding taking place in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The city posted on Twitter that the city’s sewer system was failing, leading the water to start overflowing.
Hundreds of homes and businesses have already been evacuated from the area.
The province of British Columbia continues to experience severe weather. (photo credit: gormsette55)
Rain is also falling in British Columbia’s arid south coast, with officials declaring a local state of emergency.
“Now is the time to get prepared,” the province says on its website. “Watch for evacuation alerts and announcements, or be prepared to flee quickly.”
Meanwhile, predictions are that the dangerous conditions could last until Sunday, with a storm track that comes between two cyclones that have moved through the area this week.
According to meteorologist Jeff Masters, the eastern side of both cyclones have shifted to the northeast.
“Thunderstorms are likely to exist from the central Interior of B.C. up to Metro Vancouver tomorrow morning, and in the evening a cold front will push in and develop a few showers in the southern Interior,” Masters said.
More rain and thunderstorms are expected Saturday, according to meteorologist Brittany Breton.
And as that cold front blows through on Saturday, it will bring life-threatening flooding.
“One other key aspect to watch this weekend is the amount of life-threatening rainfall in the forecast over lower parts of Southern B.C.,” Masters said. “Another 4 to 6 inches of rain is possible over much of southern and central B.C. due to Saturday and Sunday’s front. Combined with the rain expected to fall this week, that could easily become an 11 to 13 inch total of rain since late last weekend. By my analysis, nearly 20 inches of rain is likely over a few days over South and Central B.C.”
The flood watches in place will likely continue through this weekend, according to Masters.