Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides earlier in the week is pictured along the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, B.C., Thursday, November 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides earlier in the week is pictured along the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, B.C., Thursday, November 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Hope mayor notes importance of emergency kits, as district monitors weather

With new atmospheric river approaching Fraser Valley, mayor says be prepared

This is the calm between the storms, and the perfect time to prepare says a Fraser Valley mayor.

Hope Mayor Peter Robb said district staff are monitoring current weather reports from Environment Canada, as an atmospheric river moves toward the region.

Hope is currently in a recovery process after being cut off from the rest of the province for several days, including at least one day without power to most of the town. The slides that cut off the town on all highways are being cleaned up and travel is mostly down to essential travellers only.

Robb said the district staff are “constantly checking our high risk sites to record and react to any changes.”

He reports that both the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers have receded to normal levels.

In the moments before another deluge of rain is expected, on both Thursday and Saturday this week, he offered some reminders.

“You can help our community by being prepared with your own emergency kit,” he said. “Do you have a small bag packed with clothing, food and water for three days, flashlight for power outages and prescriptions you may need?”

Learn more about preparing for emergencies at the Emergency Management BC website.

READ MORE: Incoming storms expected to bring outages, rising waters: BC Hydro


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