With files from Anna Kalfa.
Northern B.C. is dealing with the aftermath of severe flooding after heavy rains washed out local infrastructure.
Now, Dawson Creek has declared a State of Emergency after mother nature dumped over 100 millimetres of rain in 48 hours on Dawson Creek and forced eighty people to evacuate their homes.
Luckily no one was injured, but local roads, bridges and culverts were washed out.
Mayor Dale Bumstead says in a statement they made the decision after assessing the damage.
“We need to ensure that the safety of our citizens are our priority and this is the next step.”
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Earlier today, Mayor Dale Bumstead told CKNW that 8th street, the main artery through town, has re-opened.
“If I can use a description it would be like Oak Street for Vancouver, that’s open, so it’s a big blessing for us.”
However a number of streets remain closed and and throughout the community, several roads, sidewalks, walking trails and other infrastructure are damaged.
Nearby Chetwynd was under a state of local emergency, but officials say better weather is in the forecast, and it appears the worst is over.