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British Columbia/Ottawa, May 16 (Canadian-Media): With prospect of flooding expected to worsen over the next few days in the hard-hit southern Interior of British Columbia (B.C.), politicians and officials are asking for help from the army, media reports said.
"We are in conversation with our partners at Emergency Management BC to see what resources might be available for us," said Roly Russell, chair of the Kootenay Boundary Regional District. "We feel we could use those resources effectively on the ground."
Floodwater covers a road in Grand Forks/Courtesy of CBCNews
Emergency workers and volunteers had been reportedly exhausted after almost a week of fighting the floods, especially in Grand Forks, Christina Lake, Rock Creek and surrounding rural areas due to the melting of the heavy snowpack and a surge of water down from the mountains caused by high temperatures,
"People have been working really long hours and it's boiling here — 32 C. They're thirsty, they're tired and they're worn out," said Jessica Mace of the Kettle River Water Authority.
Residents had been updated with the latest flood information during two meetings yesterday.
The public is being asked by emergency personnel from the Kootenay Boundary Regional District to remain vigilant and to stay out of evacuated areas to allow emergency officials to focus their efforts.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)