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Communities cut off as Chilcotin River flooding washes out roads


The Taseko River, a tributary of the Chilcotin River, swollen with rainwater on July 7. Some communities in the region have been cut off entirely as main roads providing access are washed out by the murky floodwater. (Kai Nagata)

Hundreds of people who live along the Chilcotin River and its tributaries have been devastated - and, in some areas, stranded - by flooding, road washouts and unstable earth as incessant rains continue to overwhelm the river.

At least five roads in the region are now impassable after more than 100 millimetres of rain fell in five days, creating what's been described as a flood that would likely happen only once every 200 years.


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