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B.C. extends state of emergency as third atmospheric river looms

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Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Monday B.C. is going to continue as rationing in the South Coast as the Trans Mountain Pipeline remains shut down. He said the government has also extended the provincial state of emergency until Dec. 14 – Nov 29, 2021

The B.C. government has extended its state of emergency due to the ongoing flooding until Dec. 14.

On Monday, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said the extension is to ensure emergency services have the resources they need as another storm brews for Tuesday into Wednesday.

Gas rationing was extended to Dec. 14, meaning non-essential drivers will continue to be capped at 30 litres at each pump visit. The applies to residents of the Lower Mainland to Hope, Sea to Sky, Sunshine Coast, Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.

The City of Abbotsford remains on high alert as it prepares for more flooding from the swollen Nooksack River in Washington state.

An evacuation order remains for Huntingdon Village in Abbotsford, where water levels remain high.

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B.C. floods: Abbotsford on alert as third storm approaches – Nov 29, 2021

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On Monday, Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said crews have been able to open some major highways to essential travel because of receding floodwaters.

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This includes Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton, Highway 7, and Highway 1 from Hope to the Boothroyd First Nation.

However, a section of Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack remains closed. Highway 1 east of Chilliwack is still closed.

Fleming said Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley remains an area of concern with the third storm approaching.

Read more: ‘There’s nothing to stop it’: Abbotsford, B.C. braces for more floods as Nooksack River tops banks

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Substantial change in B.C. weather coming Tuesday – Nov 29, 2021

The District of Hope declared a local state of emergency on Sunday amid ongoing concern over sustained heavy rain.

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The move was meant to facilitate evacuation alerts or orders that could be necessary with the latest atmospheric river hitting B.C.

Residents of homes on Riverview Drive were placed under an evacuation alert, while a single property in Hope on Tunnels Road was already under an evacuation order.

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