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Submerged: Photos of BC towns battling floods, as new surge predicted

Submerged: Photos of BC towns battling floods, as new surge predicted

Almost 2,800 residents have been forced out of their homes, Marsh said Friday, adding rescue efforts have come with some challenges.

Community Futures Boundary is advising that residents should not donate to a GoFundMe drive purportedly sponsored by "CF Boundary" as the organization says the information is not true, and it has in fact not sponsored a GoFundMe.

Fire rescue technicians rescued over 30 people by boat in the City of Grand Forks and swam through muddy, debris-laden water to in the City of Grand Forks to ensure everyone was able to get to safety.

About 100 properties have been evacuated in the area and another 600 are under evacuation alert.

Meantime, in the Okanagan there were more evacuations ordered in the town of Osoyoos.

More evacuation alerts have become orders in the BC Interior, as the threat of flooding grows.

Many of B.C.'s floods have washed out major roads and some highways, leaving Ministry of Transportation engineering crews scrambling to fix major transit routes. The ministry says that if flood levels continue to rise that vehicles with limited clearance may not be permitted to cross this intersection.

In addition to properties and homes being affected, highways are also feeling the effects of the flooding. All rural electoral areas and several municipalities are under states of emergency.

Drivers can also expect delays on Kelowna's Westside Road because of a washout in several areas.

A dyke also breached in one neighbourhood, knocking out power to much of the downtown area in Grand Forks, he said.

-Nearly 3,000 residents of Grand Forks, B.C. - representing roughly three-quarters of the small town's population - remain under evacuation orders, according to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, as river forecasts predicted a "second crest" of water levels that could rise to close to levels seen Friday.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre has upgraded to a flood warning for the Okanagan, Boundary, and Salmon rivers.

The Salmon River near Falkland and Salmon Arm is the subject of a flood warning as well.

"There needs to be a long-term commitment to this community and this region", Farnworth said.

Meanwhile, the Fraser River is now under a high streamflow advisory.

Rain and warmer temperaturesare making matters worse with rapid snowmelt at lower elevations.

Frances Maika, a spokesperson for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary said the flood is "in the range" of a once in a 200 year occurrence.

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