Environment Canada warns of dangers posed by second B.C. storm
B.C. residents are being told to brace for more rain as an atmospheric river moves south, bringing more precipitation to areas already hit hard by last week’s floods and mudslides.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for B.C.’s North Coast, warning of potential flooding and landslides due to heavy rains.
The region is being hit by a system expected to bring 100 to 150mm of rain to the Prince Rupert area and 30 to 60mm to Haida Gwaii by Monday.
The storm is then expected to head south towards parts of the province, such as Abbotsford, that are still grappling with washed-out roads and widespread, flood-related damage following last weekend’s torrential downpours.
Lee said the rain expected on Monday isn’t too different from a normal winter storm, while Wednesday’s weather system is slated to bring a “significant” amount of rain to parts of southern B.C.
He said Environment Canada is working on a ranking system, similar to one used in the U.S., that would help identify the strength of an atmospheric river weather event.