Some BC Evacuees to Be Allowed to Return Home, Key Railway Corridor to Reopen

Some evacuees set to return home today and a key railway corridor expected to reopen following record rainfall in B.C. that caused flooding and triggered mudslides. A week after the entire city of Merritt, B.C. was forced to evacuate when the Coldwater River flooded into the community of about 7,000, officials announced the first phase of its three−step return home plan will take affect as of noon, with certain properties remaining on evacuation alert and under a boil−water advisory. Canadian Pacific said it plans to reopen its railway between Kamloops and Vancouver by midday,  but the railway’s CEO cautioned the next 10 days will be critical as they move toward returning to full service. CP said it will work closely with customers and terminals to clear the backlogs and get freight moving efficiently again. Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu announced on Monday that Ottawa will provide $4.4 million in funding …

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