For Gilles Wendling, the heavy rains falling on the snow could cause flooding in certain areas of British Columbia.
Despite a lull in the morning of Sunday, heavy precipitation caused by an atmospheric river will fall again in the evening on the southwest of the province and the Sunshine Coast.
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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement until Monday for the coast southern British Columbia. Heavy rainfall could cause an increased risk of flooding, water accumulation and landslides until mid-week.
Moreover, the British Columbia River Forecast Center warns of a risk of river systems overflowing. It maintains a flood risk for the south coast, the Fraser Valley from Port Coquitlam to Fort Harrison, and Vancouver Island.
Environment Canada estimates that the mild weather and large amounts of rain will cause snow to melt in the mountains. According to Avalanche Canada, hazardous conditions will persist for the remainder of the end of the week and early next week.
A special weather statement is in effect until Monday for the south coast of British Columbia.
Between 200 and 400 millimeters of rain are forecast along the coast and on western Vancouver Island over the next few days, according to the province's River Regime Forecast Center.
To prepare for upcoming atmospheric rivers, cities can check the state of their infrastructure, like dikes, advises the hydrogeologist.
However, it is time to take the climate crisis seriously, insists Gilles Wendling. He deplores that Canada is still a large emitter of greenhouse gases and that British Columbia is still a large producer of shale gas.
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