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Aerial view of Kenora, Ont. at sunset
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Kenora, Ont., residents told to watch for possible flooding amid rising water levels

May 16, 2022 The Canadian Press

A city in northwestern Ontario is monitoring water levels and telling residents to watch for the possibility of flooding. That comes after an evacuation order was issued by the City of Kenora on Friday that said hundreds of residents were

Hay River's Louise Falls in the Northwest Territories
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Heavy flooding forces residents of Northwest Territories town from their homes

May 13, 2022 The Canadian Press

HAY RIVER, N.W.T. – About 3,500 residents have been ordered to evacuate a town in the Northwest Territories as volatile water levels never before experienced in some areas cause extensive flooding and damage. People in Hay River, on the south

Road closed sign after flooding in Manitoba
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Swollen rivers, flooded roads prompt evacuations in some areas of Manitoba

May 2, 2022 Brittany Hobson and Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Flooding has forced evacuations in some parts of Manitoba after heavy rains caused rivers to swell. The Peguis First Nation, about 150 kilometres north of Winnipeg, was placed under a mandatory evacuation order after ice jams on the

Motorist driving on closes Trans-Canada highway in Abbotsford, BC
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Officials advocate for federal funding to upgrade dikes after floods

April 29, 2022 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., says expecting local governments to shoulder the cost of infrastructure upgrades to protect their communities from flooding has been a “monumental mistake.” Henry Braun made the comment to a Senate standing committee on

Rising flood waters in Abbotsford, B.C. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2021
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B.C. mayors dealing with flooding and wildfire damage call on feds to deliver funds

April 12, 2022 Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – British Columbia mayors whose communities were devastated by last year’s flooding and wildfires want the federal government to deliver billions of dollars in promised funding as soon as possible. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said he was among 28

Mactaquac dam in New Brunswick
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New Brunswick monitoring potential for flooding as river levels begin to rise

April 11, 2022 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick officials are advising people in flood-prone areas of the province to pay attention as the water levels of the Saint John River are on the rise. The spillway gates at the Mactaquac Dam, near Fredericton, will

Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides is pictured along the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, B.C.
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B.C. ready to proceed with permanent repairs to flood damaged Coquihalla Highway

March 24, 2022 The Canadian Press

HOPE, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says it is moving ahead with permanent repairs to a key B.C. highway damaged by catastrophic flooding last November. A statement from the ministry says it has begun the process to

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B.C. climate change initiative needs to look further than recovery, expert says

February 25, 2022 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – A disaster expert who led recovery teams after the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 230,000 people says British Columbia’s climate response strategy must protect the province from future environmental events. The B.C.

A temporary dike in Abbotsford following flooding in B.C.
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B.C. budget includes $2.1B in disaster relief

February 23, 2022 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia has earmarked $2.1 billion to fund disaster recovery efforts and future response to the threats posed by wildfires, floods and heat waves in a budget that forecasts a $5.5-billion deficit. Finance Minister Selina Robinson said Tuesday

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Study suggests climate change made B.C. floods at least twice as likely

February 16, 2022 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Catastrophic floods that swamped much of southern British Columbia last fall were at least twice as likely because of climate change, suggests new research from Environment Canada. The study, now undergoing peer review, concludes that the likelihood of similar events

Flood damage in Merritt, B.C.
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Governments announce $228 million agriculture recovery fund after B.C. floods

February 8, 2022 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – Agricultural producers affected by devastating flooding in British Columbia last November can apply for recovery funds through a $228-million package announced Monday by the provincial and federal governments. The total losses for the agricultural sector from flooding that

Motorist driving on closes Trans-Canada highway in Abbotsford, BC
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Claims costs keep rising for B.C. catastrophes

January 18, 2022 by Jason Contant

British Columbia’s costliest severe weather event in provincial history just got more expensive. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) confirmed to Canadian Underwriter Friday that the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry expects to pay out $515 million for claims