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Victoria/Canadian-Media: An entire city in British Columbia (B.C.) and major highways were washed away due to 252 millimeters of relentless rain battering in just two days in southern BC on Monday, leaving many communities cut off from the rest of the province.
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Snowfall, winter storm and wind warnings remain in effect across most of southern B.C.
According to the forecast by Environment Canada winds gusted up to 90 kilometers per hour on Monday evening in some regions.
In a news conference Monday afternoon, Mike Farnworth, Canada's Public Safety Minister said due to fluctuating conditions, mudslides, flooding and debris flows portions of Highway 1 and the Coquihalla Highway have been washed out forcing people from their homes in several communities.
"People in Merritt, Princeton and areas along Highway 7 and 99 and the Coquihalla are seeing the worst of it" and added,
"I would like to thank everyone who is affected for your patience, strength and for doing everything you can to stay safe. As I said this morning, the situation is dynamic and further rains, high winds and possible snow in areas are compounding the situation," he said, CBC News reported.
Despite the discord in many regions, there have been no confirmed deaths so far.