B.C. floods: Rescues and closures after heavy rain and strong winds

Heavy rain and strong winds in British Columbia have led to dozens of road closures and deep water across much of the region. Water began overrunning roads in Nelson early on Tuesday, and the…

B.C. floods: Rescues and closures after heavy rain and strong winds

Heavy rain and strong winds in British Columbia have led to dozens of road closures and deep water across much of the region.

Water began overrunning roads in Nelson early on Tuesday, and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police put out a call for help to Ottawa, which has requested assistance from Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

The flooding has also disrupted travel across much of southern B.C., where the B.C. government has cancelled more than 20 flights.

Dozens of trees were taken down by fierce winds, including several large trees that toppled onto the roof of a plane at the Vancouver International Airport. It is unclear what will happen to the plane.

As the damage unfolds, it is also starting to become clear just how exposed southern B.C. is to the weather, with climate scientists warning that climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events like this.

Here is a look at the damage as seen on radar.

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