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Fraser Valley community declares state of emergency because of flooding and rockslides

Heavy rainfall is to blame
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The District of Kent in the Fraser Valley has declared a state of emergency due to severe local flooding, landslides and falling rocks.

The flooding and landslides have damaged drinking water infrastructure in the Rockwell Drive to Sasquatch Provincial Park area, the district says. Sasquatch Provincial Park is located north of the towns of Harrison Hot Springs and Agassiz.

Drinking water has been temporarily shut off because of a water line break.

Rockwell Drive is closed, and the public is being told to stay away from the area. The highway is unstable, with fast moving water on the road and in ditches.

Ministry of Transportation geotechnical experts must now assess slopes and land stability in this area, a process that is being delayed because of the difficulty getting access to many affected areas.

Heavy rainfall hit B.C.'s south coast from Thursday to Saturday, which saw 50 to 100 millimetres of rain on the region, causing flooding and landslides in many areas.

The Coquihalla was also closed on Saturday between Hope and Merritt because of flooding.

— Sarita Patel, Castanet

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