Emergency officials in B-C are warning that last year’s devastating wildfires in parts of the province have the potential to make this year’s spring flooding even worse.
Cariboo Regional District emergency operations centre spokeswoman Emily Epp says residents on about 120 properties in the Upper Nazko area west of Quesnel have now been ordered to evacuate because of rising rivers.
Some residents had already been cut off and were being helicoptered to safety.
Epp says the region was charred last year by several massive blazes during B-C’s worst-ever wildfire season, and already this year’s flooding appears more significant.
B-C’s Environment Ministry says rain and water from melting, heavier-than-usual snowpacks is flowing much more quickly over the denuded landscape, swelling rivers and streams.
Flood warnings are posted for two Cariboo-region waterways, while many other B-C rivers are under a flood watch and nearly 150 homes in the southern B-C community of Tulameen have been ordered evacuated because of flooding there.
(The Canadian Press)