All'inizio di questo mese, British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province
, experienced a catastrophic flooding event
, forcing evacuations
, damaging highways and infrastructure along the Fraser River Valley down to the US Border and disrupting shipping in Vancouver
. On the heels of the deluge
, more heavy rains are forecast in the form of three atmospheric rivers in one week
“Così, imagine that we’ve had an extraordinarily wet fall, the soil is, the landscape is completely saturated. Any extra moisture runs down much more easily and quicker,” Egli ha detto.
“We also have had snow,” Egli ha detto. “Così, in those middle elevations, there is snow to melt, and that is precisely what these next couple of storms are going to do. We are going to be adding snow melt to the rainwater and creating a lot of runoff.”
Castellan warned the new weather systems will put warm air into exceedingly high elevations, with heating in the mountains up to 3,000 metri, if not higher.
The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is proactively closing some sections of highways and asking drivers to avoid nonessential travel ahead of another round of heavy forecast rains.
“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” the ministry said in a release.