Evacuation orders were issued for the city of Merritt, British Columbia, on Monday, November 15, as floodwaters inundated the area.
Environment Canada said a “significant atmospheric river event” brought heavy rain to southwestern British Columbia starting on Sunday.
The City of Merritt issued the first evacuation orders in the early morning hours of Monday, urging residents within the “200 year flood plain of the Coldwater River” to leave. The orders were extended to the entire city by Monday afternoon.
By Monday evening the City of Merritt announced that all city water was undrinkable, even if boiled, due to waste contamination and would be shut off.
British Columbia’s Highway 5, also known as Coquihalla Highway, was closed between the towns of Hope and Merritt due to a landslide that washed away the road, the province’s ministry of transportation reported.
Video filmed by Bre Howe in Merritt on Monday shows buildings submerged in floodwaters. Credit: Bre Howe via Storyful