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Flooding and mudslides in B.C. wreak havoc on highways, forcing evacuations

Flooding, mudslides and rockslides have wreaked havoc across southern B.C., closing highways, prompting widespread evacuations and leaving motorists stranded.

On Highway 7 near Agassiz, provincial officials told reporters on Monday morning that 80 to 100 vehicles have been trapped all night between two landslides in Agassiz.

The local fire department had called for help at 10 p.m. on Sunday, which prompted the deployment of the Vancouver-based Canada Task Force 1, the heavy urban search-and-rescue team that has personnel with all kinds of emergency backgrounds.

Team leader Assistant Fire Chief David Boone, along with 35 members, arrived at 2 a.m.

His crews were up all night and getting some rest Monday morning because they can’t do anything but plan, he said, due to falling debris.

A state of emergency has been issued for the District of Kent.

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