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Unprecedented Flooding Hit British Columbia

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Canadian authorities declared a state of emergency in British Columbia after unprecedented flooding hit the area.

At least one dead and seen several others reported missing due to the flooding.

Officials said they expected the death toll to rise as the Canadian province grappled with what its premier called a once-in-500-year event.

Torrential rain and mudslides have destroyed roads, cut off several mountain towns and displaced around 18,000 people.

Yesterday, thousands of people were forced to leave their homes due to a deadly storm, which struck Canada’s Vancouver on Monday.

Local officials described the storm as a once-in-a-century weather event.

At least one person died, while two other people went missing.

RCMP Sgt Janelle Shoihet said that rescuers had not yet determined the number of the lost vehicles in the slide.

Motorist Kathie Rennie told CBC News she saw the landslide come down on traffic that was already at a standstill south of Lillooet.

“No sooner do we get back into our vehicles, the people that were in front of us are just screaming and running,” she said. “The look on their faces, it was like a tsunami was coming. It was the scariest thing that I’ve ever seen.

“I just turned around, and I’m just watching the whole side of the mountain coming down and taking out these cars… everything swept away. Just complete panic.”

The unprecedented storm comes after British Columbia suffered a record high heat wave over the summer that killed more than 500 people, and wildfires that destroyed an entire town.

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