Fraser Valley city issues evacuation alerts to 43 homes over flood fears

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VANCOUVER - The flood watch continues around parts of British Columbia, with another community in the Fraser Valley issuing evacuation alerts to 43 homes.

Fred Armstrong with the District of Maple Ridge says the homes are located outside the dike system and the alerts have been issued because of high water levels in the Fraser River.

He says the alerts allow officials to provide information to residents on what they should do in the event of an actual evacuation.

However, Armstrong says the district doesn't believe the river's levels will rise high enough to force such a move.

On Friday, the City of Abbotsford, located east of Vancouver, declared a state of emergency, issuing evacuation orders for 18 homes.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre says warm and wet weather is expected across the province, with heavy rainfall in the Kootenay, Okanagan, Monashee, Cariboo and Chilcotin regions.

Organizations: B.C. River Forecast Centre

Geographic location: Fraser Valley, VANCOUVER, British Columbia Fraser River Abbotsford Okanagan Chilcotin

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