VANCOUVER — Torrential rain that set off flooding and mudslides in southern British Columbia closed highways, trapped people in vehicles and forced the evacuation of some communities. Here's a look at some numbers:
— 275 people, including 50 children: number of people who were trapped between two landslides on Highway 7.
— 225 mm: rain measured in Hope, B.C., since a storm began Saturday.
— 344 mm: average rainfall for the entire month of November in Hope, B.C.
— 250 mm: rainfall predicted for the eastern Fraser Valley by Monday.
— 7,000: estimated number of people evacuated from Merritt, B.C., due to rising Coldwater River.
— 3.1 metres: estimated height of the Coldwater River.
— 24: estimated number of closures on B.C. highways due to rock or mudslides and flooding.
— Up to 50 cm: amount of snow predicted for the East Columbia, Kinbasket and Yellowhead regions because of the same Pacific frontal system hitting the south coast.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 15, 2021.
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