B.C.: 150,000 under evacuation alert as rain turns to flood

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A cyclist rides on flooded roadways in Kelowna, B.C.

Thousands of people in the southern Canadian province of British Columbia were under evacuation alert on Thursday night amid flooding and rain.

More than 40 roads were closed across the province because of the weather.

Some 900 people were without power, and communications are also intermittent.

The flooding has already been blamed for the deaths of four people.

The B.C. government issued more than 70 evacuation orders and alerts on Thursday, adding to about 32,000 people already listed in the province as being affected by flood damage.

In the city of Kelowna, authorities warned drivers to avoid roads that had been blocked by flooding.

Winemakers in wine country near Vernon reported water levels had receded since an overnight crest.

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In a separate incident, an eight-month-old baby drowned in a bathtub in Kamloops.

The child’s mother was at home when the water rose.

“To get out of the house, [the mother] got out of the tub and was on her hands and knees in the water searching for the baby,” Justice Minister and Attorney General David Eby told CBC news.

“She did not find the baby, and the baby was found later deceased.”

The baby’s mother has been charged with criminal negligence causing death.

Fire crews attended more than 80 separate incidents across the province on Thursday, including car accidents and structural damage.

The heavy rain is expected to reach the area by late on Friday, bringing another 10cm (4in) of rain in places, according to the CBC.

Flooding in the area is expected to continue over the weekend and into next week.

Drivers are also being urged to be vigilant in the wake of the recent death of four people, and to act quickly if any water looks like it may be entering a vehicle.

“If you’re in the water, you really don’t have any time,” Kelowna fire chief Mike Johnson told CTV.

“Things that looked like it was being clear [in the car] have water coming in, it’s going to cause an accident. The sooner you move your vehicle, the more likely there is that no one will get hurt.”

Human-made hazards also include the expansive valley bottoms that make up the western portion of British Columbia, which is the size of France and Germany combined, according to Mashable.

Compass could feel deep muck as fierce sandstorms howl across the swampy corner of the Pacific and deep, acidic rainwater contaminated with metals and other potentially hazardous materials washes across the rivers and lakes.

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