(ANNews) - On Thursday December 2, 2021 Environment Canada lifted its weather alerts for the province of B.C. as record-breaking storms end.
The successive storms — otherwise known as atmospheric rivers — brought torrential rain, mudslides, and flooding that caused major damage to provincial infrastructure.
On average, atmospheric rivers hold amounts of water equivalent to 25 Mississippi rivers.
Roads in the province have been completely closed due to mudslides and flooding — highway 3 is currently the only way to get into B.C.’s interior from the lower mainland.
As of Thursday, more than 14,800 people have been evacuated from their homes since the first storm hit in mid-November.
The agricultural industry in the province has also taken a large hit as Agricultural Minister Lana Popham announced that since the storms, approximately 628,000 poutlry, 420 dairy cattle, and 12,000 pigs have died.
110 beehives have also been submerged, although the number of bees that have died is unknown.
819 farms are also under evacuation orders.
The province has yet to put a price tag on rebuilding its infrastructure, but B.C. Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth is feeling optimistic.
“We are now on the other end of this series of intense storms and the latest events were, thankfully, not as severe as forecast.”
“The worst weather now appears to be behind us. The process of recovering and rebuilding is already underway, and while it will take time, I’m confident we will get there.”
Jacob Cardinal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alberta Native News