Communities cut off as Chilcotin River flooding washes out roads – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201919 Views

Jul 10, 2019

‘The Chilcotin is not built for this kind of weather period,’ says Tŝilhqot’in tribal chair

Hundreds of people who live along the Chilcotin River and its tributaries have been devastated — and, in some areas, stranded — by flooding, road washouts and unstable earth as incessant rains continue to overwhelm the river.

At least five roads in the region are now impassable after more than 100 millimetres of rain fell in five days, creating what’s been described as a flood that would likely happen only once every 200 years.

The Chilcotin, which usually flows a blue-green colour between the Chilcotin Plateau and the Fraser River, has been churned into a torrent of dark brown floodwater.

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