The month of June has been unfortunate for some parts of British Columbia, mother nature unleashed some sudden flooding, with the Fraser River exceeding its normal water threshold, experts stated that it was mostly due to rapid snowmelt and rainy conditions over the past weeks.
Some highways were affected because of the natural disaster; Highway 1, Highway 16, and Highway 31 to name a few. So if you are planning on driving around these areas, please take extra precautions to avoid any unneeded delays or mishaps. There are several crews from local fire departments and volunteers working day and night to reinforce provincial areas with temporary dyke systems, which were hit the hardest during the flash floods, mudslides are also a factor in some areas along the Fraser River.
Dave Campbell, head of the B.C. River Forecast Centre, said he expects the lower Fraser River to hit its highest levels since 1972 when a surge of water from the north makes its way south next weekend. (Quote from The Vancouver Sun)
I do agree with what some experts are saying about this trend becoming the norm for the upcoming months ahead, tho I feel that with the proper governmental agencies planning and ensuring our citizens safety, British Columbia can see this as just another one of those unavoidable natural occurrences which can be solved with proper planning and steadfast determination.
Hoping for a safe return to the families that were ordered to evacuate, and my deepest condolences to the family of the Crescent Valley elderly man, who lost his life due to the flooding. Just heartbreaking to hear such tragedy happen, so I advised everyone to stay alert and to stay extra cautious during times like these.
In the face of mother nature’s occasional disasters, we cannot really do much other than stay alert, stay safe, and hope for the best.
This entry was posted on June 23rd, 2012 by Josh Nelson | Posted in General