Trudeau to visit B.C flood-zone for the first time

A house affected by recent flood in B.C. (Courtesy: Independent, U.K)

By Suraj Chirayil Puthan

Prime minister Justin Trudeau will arrive in B.C on Friday for the first time following the record-breaking rainfall that flooded the province.

He will tour Abbotsford , east of Vancouver, which has been heavily damaged by the flood.

This visit is following the storm forecast to hit this weekend.

Up on arrival, the Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with the city’s first responders, volunteers, affected residents, Matsqui First Nation Chief Alice McKay and Mayor Henry Braun.

A number of residents, many of them farmers and ranchers are still out of their homes because of the extensive damage.

“We are really concerned on the situation. Our farms are completely destroyed and farm animals are mostly dead,” Says Kim Jackson, one of many affected residents in B.C’s Abbotsford town.

Cows that were stranded in a flooded barn are rescued by a group of people after rainstorms lashed Abbotsford, B.C. (Courtesy: CBC)

Following this, the Prime Minister will meet Premier John Horgan and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth for providing updates on federal aid for the disaster.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement warning the residents of up to 120 millimetres of rain on the weekend.

Considering the warnings, Franworth also warned residents a news conference that they should be prepared for more evacuations.


He also warned the residents to have an emergency kit with food, water and blankets ready.

Meanwhile provincial officials reminded the residents that Drive B.C is all set to provide live updates on the province’s road conditions.

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