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‘Mountainsides just collapsed’: Pacific north-west grapples with catastrophic floods

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Pacific NW facing catastrphic floods

Troops have been deployed to British Columbia to help stranded residents and search areas hit by landslides and floods after a powerful storm dumped a month’s worth of rain in two days across a swath of the Pacific north-west in Canada and the US.

On Wednesday afternoon, British Columbia’s premier issued a state of emergency – its third this year – and warned that the death toll would rise in the coming days.

“The last few days have been incredibly difficult for British Columbians,” said John Horgan. “Heavy rains, strong winds, flooding has devastated entire communities of our province.”

He said the province will impose travel restrictions to ensure critical goods can be brought to communities. Officials also warned of a looming animal welfare crisis. Thousands have already died and the government said it is working to bring in vets and supplies for farm animals, but there was a short window of opportunity to feed them.

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