Record Flooding Kills One Person, Displaces 1000s in British Columbia – Democracy Now!
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In news from Canada, catastrophic flooding has killed at least one person in British Columbia and forced thousands to evacuate their homes. Some areas in the Pacific Northwest received nearly 10 inches of rain, triggering landslides and overflowing rivers. Three major highways connecting Vancouver to the Canadian interior have been washed out. The flooding also forced the temporary shutdown of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The climate-fueled record rainfall comes just months after wildfires devastated some of the same areas of British Columbia. Meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted, “After the hottest heat wave in Pacific Northwest history this summer, the rainy season there has begun with torrential flooding. We are in a climate emergency.”