Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to visit British Columbia on Friday as the province continues to clean up after devastating floods and landslides triggered by a powerful atmospheric river.
Trudeau is to visit Victoria and Abbotsford, the hard-hit Fraser Valley community, which remains partially submerged and risks more flooding as a new three-storm system rolls in.
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The Prime Minister is expected to tour the flood zone and meet with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun, Sumas First Nations Chief Dalton Silver, Matsqui First Nations Chief Alice McKay, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, First Aiders and volunteers.
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Trudeau will later meet with Prime Minister John Horgan in Victoria and hold a media availability at 17.30.
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On Thursday, BC opened a major stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway through Abbotsford, easing a bottleneck in traffic and helping to restore blown supply lines in the province.
That community remained on alert and flooding Thursday night as more heavy rain hit the region, raising concerns that the Nooksack River in Washington state could flood again and send more water to flow north of the border. Two more rain showers are expected in the coming days.
Crews have been working continuously since last week to repair and support dikes around the Sumas Prairie lowlands, some of which remain under more than two meters of water.
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