"This has been an extreme weather event, the impacts have been significantly greater than expected," Public Safety Minister and Deputy Premier Mike Farnworth told the reporters.
Mass evacuations are underway in the province as officials have called the downpours the "worst weather storm in a century." Some parts of British Columbia reportedly received up to 252 millimeters of precipitation.
The Vancouver police reported that one woman died in a landslide. Her body was found on the highway last Monday, 250 km from Vancouver.
Views as crews work to assess the #BCstorm damage on our highways: - Flooding on #BCHwy1 and No. 3 Road Overpass - Crews survey the damage on #BCHwy7 at Ruby Creek - Overflow in the Fraser Valley at Whatcom Road Interchange - Work on #BCHwy1 at Patterson Creek pic.twitter.com/j4jdZFvIx1
The police have no information on how many cars could have been damaged due to flooding of roads and landslides and don’t exclude that there may be other victims of the natural disaster as two persons were reported missing.
The calamity also forced the halt of the work of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries up to 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta province to the Pacific coast.
In the summer, British Columbia experienced record heat and wildfires, with over 500 casualties as the authorities had to evacuate more than one thousand people.