British Columbia mudslide photos and videos: Intense rain floods homes, highways and sparks a state of emergency

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A local state of emergency has been declared in parts of British Columbia due to unrelenting rainfall causing flooding, mudslides and the closure of major highways across the interior of the province.

Heavy rainfall warnings are currently in effect, with 100 mm forecast for Metro Vancouver through Monday and over 200 mm for lower mainland and Vancouver Island.

"This is obviously an extreme event," Brent Ward, a professor in the earth sciences department at Simon Fraser University, told CBC News.

"I've been discussing with grad students ... and we think this might be the worst series of landslides and flooding events since maybe 1983."

Social media users have been documenting the intense rain and mudslides in various locations.

Environment Canada reported that over 225 mm of rain has battered the community of Hope, B.C. over the last two days, which was also the location of severe wildfires during the heatwave this summer.  

Over 180 mm rain was also reported near Agassiz, B.C. and Chilliwack, B.C. since the storm began this Saturday. The landslides prompted evacuation orders in Merritt, Agassiz, Abbotsford and Princeton, forcing residents from over 200 homes to leave their properties.

About 7,000 people from the city of Merritt were ordered to leave as the Coldwater River started overtaking roads and bridges, the Canadian Press has reported.

Environment Canada said the rain wasn't expected to let up until late Monday.

"The snow level is expected to briefly rise to near Rogers Pass this afternoon, and snow may change to rain," the weather office said. "However, rain will change back to snow this evening and additional accumulations are possible before the snow eases to scattered flurries late tonight."

Officials are asking drivers to avoid any unnecessary travel in B.C.

A large chunk of the Coquihalla Highway appears to have collapsed due to the rain.

DriveBC says the Coquihalla will be closed between Exit 202 and Exit 21 and have asked drivers to take Highway 3 as an alternate route.

Forecasters have also warned of powerful winds over Victoria, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Canyon — with gusts up to 90 km/h — which could possibly add to power outages across the province.

B.C. residents are capturing visuals of the rain flooding their homes and patios.

Social media users are pointing out how British Columbians have suffered extreme heat, wildfires and intense rainfall all through the space of one year.

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