Flooding devastates tiny town
Jun 12, 2012 / 8:30 pm
Flooding has devastated the tiny First Nations community of Lower Post, in northwest BC near the Yukon border.
Most residents in the community of just over 300 were evacuated in two groups over the weekend after heavy rain and melting snow pushed the Laird River over its banks.
The river rose to eight meters, a full metre above a record set in 1972, and flooded more than a dozen homes, while also washing out roads and knocking out power to most of the town.
Daylu Dena Council deputy chief Peter Stone says their people have been devastated by the flooding and the community has a limited capacity to deal with an event of that scale.
An emergency reception centre at the local elementary school has been set up for those few members who weren't evacuated to the nearest community of Watson Lake, Yukon, about 20 kilometres north of Lower Post.
At one point the Alaska Highway was washed out both north and south of the community, but the southern route has since been repaired and reopened.
If anyone has photos or video of the area send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more BC News
- Get hooked (for free) this Father's Day
- Police investigate Surrey shooting
- Hotel staff find dead body
- A cherry of a deal with China
- Cyclist killed near Kamloops
- SUV crashes off Mayne Island
- Man and woman hurt in double shooting
- Pipeline spill southwest of Merritt
- Charges laid in skateboard assault case
- Pipeline backlash following latest spill
- Crash of small plane claims lone pilot
- Woman gives birth at Richmond mall
(Click for RSS instructions.)