British Columbia’s Secretary of Transport, Rob Fleming, called the storm on Tuesday “the worst storm in a century”. Torrential rain, which fell over the weekend into Monday in the south of the province, had triggered floods and landslides. Numerous localities and part of the towns of Chilliwack and Abbotsford have been evacuated.
Rescue workers recovered the woman’s body on Monday morning after a mudslide on an expressway near Lillooet, the police said on Tuesday. At least two other people were reported missing in the incident near the community around 185 kilometers northwest of Vancouver.
In the particularly badly affected small town of Meritt, the water levels fell on Tuesday. But there is still no drinking water and no functioning sewage system, local media reported. It could take more than a week before residents are allowed to return to their homes.