Flash flooding and rockfalls prompt evacuation in North Vancouver

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A part of North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley has been evacuated this evening after Hastings Creek overflowed its banks and began flooding the neighbourhood.

The flood is located within the area of Croft and Fromme roads, leading fire crews to evacuate more than 15 homes in the area. Flood waters are also pouring through the doors of Argyle Secondary School.

 

In addition to the flood, RCMP and fire crews are responding to reports of large boulders falling down the mountain and onto the road near the 1000 block of Kilmer Road. The area has also been evacuated as a safety precaution.

Both incidents are evolving and have led emergency officials to open the Emergency Operations Centre at E-Comm in Vancouver.

Torrential rainfall throughout the day has caused localized flooding across Metro Vancouver. Flooding has occurred where the ground is saturated and unable to absorb anymore water as well as where drainage entrances are blocked by leaves and other debris.

Environment Canada has issued a heavy rainfall warning for the region. Up to 40 mm of rain fell across the region on Monday and another 40 mm is expected throughout the night until Tuesday morning.

Officials are advising the public to avoid washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts in the region.

UPDATE: The clean-up process has begun and the heavy rainfall warning has ended. Argyle Secondary School will be closed for the day to allow for clean-up.

 

Feature Image: @NorthShoreShane via Twitter

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