Heavy Rain Causes Mudslides as Atmospheric River Sweeps Across Southern British Columbia

Heavy rain brought on by an atmospheric river impacting southern British Columbia caused mudslides and flooding along a number of provincial highways, authorities said on Monday, November 15.

This footage, posted to Twitter, shows debris on Highway 1 near the municipality of Hope on Sunday.

Authorities warned that heavy rain and a mudslide were still impacting traffic in both directions on that highway east of Chilliwack by Monday.

Responders at the scene of a mudslide in Agassiz early on Monday said up to 50 vehicles were stuck and several people had already been rescued.

Environment Canada said on Sunday that “a significant atmospheric river event is bringing copious amounts of rain and near record temperatures to the British Columbia south coast.”

Rainfall warnings were in place in Metro Vancouver, western Fraser Valley, Whistler, Howe Sound and parts of the Sunshine Coast. Credit: @melj_19 via Storyful

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