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Mud flow washes water system in Town of Shuswap as floods persist in British Columbia

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Hundreds of people in the community of Seymour Arm, in the North Shuswap region of British Columbia, are without water after a landslide destroyed vital infrastructure Thursday evening.

Seymour Arm’s water director Bob Reimer said the Long Ridge mud flow wiped out the Bass Creek diversion structure, which supplies water to about 200 households.

“We are not surprised,” said Reimer, adding that there have been some landslides in this region in recent years. “But it’s a drawback.”

Crews are currently assessing the damage and hope to have a temporary system in place in a few days, said Reimer. Meanwhile, residents of the community must collect water from nearby Shuswap Lake.

Flood warnings and advisories across British Columbia

The mudslide has been one of the many rain-related incidents in the province in recent days, as floods persist for the Fraser, Quesnel and Chilcotin rivers, among others.

The BC River Forecasting Center warnings and flood warnings covered almost half of the province on Saturday.

Friday, the park benches are flooded with water from the Fraser River at Langley. (Ben Nelms / CBC)

The City of Prince George issued an evacuation alert Saturday at noon for residents of Farrell Street across from Paddlewheel Park due to the significant risk of flooding from the Fraser River.

The Fraser Valley Regional District said the Fraser River peaked at Mission on Monday, and although the water has receded since then, “heavy rains in the upper Fraser River cause the river to rise overall Fraser throughout the weekend, with peaks scheduled for Monday or Tuesday next week.

Evacuation alerts were issued for 38 properties in the district.

The Cariboo Regional District reports that flood warnings are in place throughout the region and that river levels may continue to rise, despite sunny weather for the next few days.

The district warns residents to exercise extreme caution around rapid rivers, riverbanks and lake shores. It indicates that the current rainy weather has saturated the ground and increased the risk of landslides.

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