Communities in western Canada are bracing for more damage as torrential rain is forecasted next week in areas already devastated by heavy flooding. Hundreds of troops have been deployed to Canada’s westernmost province to help residents stranded by landslides, struggling to find food among bare grocery store shelves.
“I am not concerned about today’s rain. What I’m concerned about is next week, and what’s coming,” Abbotsford’s mayor, Henry Braun, told reporters Thursday morning as officials kept close watch over a pumping station. If the pumps failed, Braun warned, the results would be “catastrophic” for a community already grappling with thousands of drowned farm animals and a bill that could reach $1bn to rebuild the city.
As the province braces for a better understanding of the sheer toll of the disaster, including warnings to expect more fatalities, residents say the recent days have exposed the vulnerability of small communities to natural disasters worsened by the climate crisis.