Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is due to visit British Columbia on Friday, as the province continues to clean up after devastating floods and landslides triggered by a powerful atmospheric river.
Trudeau is expected to visit Victoria and Abbotsford, the hard-hit Fraser Valley community that remains partially underwater and is at risk of further flooding as a new three-storm system arrives.
The Prime Minister is expected to visit the flooded area and meet with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun, Sumas Dalton Silver First Nation Chief, Matsqui First Nation Chief Alice McKay, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, first responders and volunteers.
Trudeau will later meet with Prime Minister John Horgan in Victoria and hold a media availability at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, BC opened a key section of the Trans-Canada Highway through Abbotsford, easing a traffic bottleneck and helping to restore fractured supply lines in the province.
This community remained on high alert and under flood watch Thursday evening, as further heavy rains hit the area, raising concerns that the Nooksack River in Washington state could be flooded again. sending more water north of the border. Two other thunderstorms are expected in the coming days.
Crews have worked non-stop since last week to repair and strengthen the dikes surrounding the Sumas Prairie Lowlands, some of which remain under more than two meters of water.
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