A Quebecer who lives in Whistler, British Columbia, has witnessed the catastrophic flooding that hit the province in recent days.
A literally ‘atmospheric river’ formed: in 24 hours, the equivalent of the precipitation that normally falls in a month fell, causing one of the most serious natural disasters of the year.
“Saturday and Sunday it was really torrential and didn’t stop. The canals are full to the brim, the road is flooded in places. We’re a little busy in Whistler now. The northern road back home is closed, and the southern road is closed, too.” Charles Begin explains in an interview with Quebec-Matin, “We There, we wait.”
Access to Vancouver is also prohibited.
“We were thinking of going there this weekend, but it obviously won’t be possible. All roads are closed, no access. We are asked to stay home to avoid getting caught up in situations. [précaires]He adds.
Despite the scale of the disaster, Quebec notes that it received no alert from the authorities.
“We’ve heard about it, we’ve made observations, and the people are the ones who broke the news to us and asked if we were right. In Whistler, we’re a little more in elevation, we’re a little less affected, but we’ve seen all the ice melt from the glaciers, the volume of torrents in the rivers… We noticed something wasn’t working,” the man reports.
If the rain stops, it starts to hail and the water begins to freeze.
“Obviously, this is not something that will be settled next week,” he concluded.
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