Communities still reeling from major floods and fatal mudslides in southern B.C. are set to face another series of storms heading into the weekend, as key highways remain closed and thousands of people are still out of their homes.
Environment Canada issued a series of rainfall warnings for regions throughout southwest B.C. overnight on Thursday. Up to 80 millimetres of rain is set to fall near the mountains, and 50 millimetres near the coast.
In parts of the Fraser Valley, where flood recovery efforts are still underway, up to 50 millimetres is expected to fall by Friday morning.
Meanwhile, people living in the Sumas Prairie region of Abbotsford are being reminded by officials not to use their water for anything other than to flush toilets because of contamination due to flooding.
The latest weather system is not as severe as the “once in a century” storm of Nov. 13-15 that devastated the province’s southwest, but strong southeast winds near the water are also predicted.