Parts of Pemberton and the Lil’Wat First Nation are under an evacuation alert as rising rivers prompt flood warnings.
Ryan Wainwright with the Squamish Lilloett Regional District says swollen rivers are being reported across the region.
“We had a period of very warm weather and we had a fairly substantial early season snow pack up in the mountains, so a lot of that has come off and joined a whole bunch of rain that we’ve had over the last 24 hours. So we’re actually seeing some clearing skies now and some drops in the river levels, but we do have another system that’s set to move in tomorrow night, early Friday morning.”
No evacuation orders have been issued so far, but Wainwright says some residents have left their homes due to flooding.
“A lot of water. A lot of agricultural impacts, and to really get a sense of the damage we’re going to have to wait a few days for the water to go down. We have nine homes that we know have either been isolated or impacted in the Pemberton area, the regional district.”
Both the Village of Pemberton and Lil’Wat First Nation are assisting with sandbagging efforts.