Canada’s most extreme weather stories

The second one was so wild that we had to take off the roof and coast along along the water.

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The bar below, and I’m standing next to it. Crammed with mosquitoes. Hot. Crawling. Crawling. Crawling. Crawling. Crawling.

I call 999 to file an incident. The obvious response is to phone my home phone. Now to my main phone. And send a text to warn them that there is flooding in the road right now.

Then again … just live by the phone so I don’t.

Overnight, the entire streets of neighbourhood were flooded with overflowing basements that measured at least a metre above our knees. My boss lives right next door to me. We walked out of his house as the street teemed with swans floating along the sodden asphalt. Never had anything like this happened in 20 years living here.

I work at the university and the water started flowing into the basement. Power lines fell in our yard. House and car prices soared as we collected our personal belongings and headed for higher ground. Wind and the rain knocked out the phone lines to everything. Googly eyed children and teenagers collected their mother’s breast milk in their pushchairs while we ran up and down our pathways. Fortunately, power came back on later in the night and I’m sure the library was without power later that night.

So did everyone else. A couple weeks later I was able to post this photo of my apartment gutted. Ten days later I post this photo of what’s left of my old studio.


This video starts in a place we all know well, the crash of rocks being tossed around on our streets when a severe storm hits:

It keeps us all on our toes, as it was my little neighbour’s parents who caught us all by surprise with this Instagram video:

In lieu of an upskirt video, we offer up this one of wall-to-wall flood-damage our apartment complex experienced (the water was so deep we couldn’t even get an outboard motor in the hot tub):

All that rain wreaked havoc in the province of British Columbia:

A video posted by Rebekah Thomas (@rebe_t) on Nov 12, 2015 at 7:18pm PST

In 1993, the Province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency, after a series of crippling storms caused dramatic flooding along the Kamloops area, near the north end of the river, with 13,000 homes being declared uninhabitable.

The flooding also affected the highlands of the Province of British Columbia. Pictured here is the lowlands of the community of Fernie, along the Fraser River.

The flooding produced a broken major canal that caused landslides and toxic water to collect, and on at least one occasion contaminated drinking water for more than 3000 people living in the town.

The effects are expected to affect at least 3,000 homes in the Fraser Valley. Residents were evacuated over the weekend and found that their homes were filled with debris as a result of the flooding.

Vehicles stuck on debris swept along the middle of the road in Fernie.

Mudslides in the community of Fernie are believed to have contributed to the death of the white-tailed deer at the top of the image. At least six homes were destroyed.

A photo of a flooded area in Fernie taken on Nov 15, 2013, by a friend. The hauling of this mud was slowed on Nov 17, 2013, as hikers seeked refuge in the woods.

Transient street closures, turning major roads into traffic nightmares. One tree fell onto eastbound traffic and snarled traffic on Kekuta Street. At least 1,600 homes remain without power and only minor flooding has been reported in the community.

Three dead in Snow Lake, British Columbia, as an Alberta tornado struck the community. Three people are also reported dead in Slave Lake, Alberta.

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