With files from Shelby Thom
Residents and officials in the northeastern BC city of Dawson Creek are beginning to take stock of the damage, as flood waters begin to recede.
The city’s latest update says waters are now dropping at a rapid rate, and weather forecasts anticipate little more than a few showers in coming days.
80 homes remain evacuated, but BC Hydro has managed to restore power to most of the area.
It says city and Ministry of Transportation crews have begun to inspect the region’s infrastructure.
IN PICTURES: Flooding causes chaos in the Peace Region
At the peak of the flood, the town was literally cut in half, with none of the four main north-south thoroughfares passable.
One of those roads has now been opened to single lane alternating traffic, one is completely impassable with a washed out bridge, and crews are waiting for tomorrow to assess damage to the other two.
However highways in the area are still severely affected, with Highway 52 just west of Dawson Creek reduced to one lane and a long stretch of Highway 97 west of Chetwynd closed in both directions due to flooding.
The Peace Region remains under a flood warning from the River Forecast Centre.
LISTEN: Global BC’s Justin McElroy with the latest from Dawson Creek
The trouble started yesterday, with neighbouring Chetwynd battered by heavy rains and the town declaring a local state of emergency.
Then, overnight, Dawson Creek began to feel the brunt of the storm, with waters rising. By morning, 36 homes had to be evacuated, schools closed, and the transit system was suspended.
LISTEN: Dawson Creek Mayor describes the flood situation