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A powerful rain storm swept across southern British Columbia, unleashing floods and mudslides from Vancouver Island to the Alberta border, trapping motorists, closing major highways and forcing the evacuation of thousands. Rescue crews will spend Tuesday searching for people who may have been trapped in debris from mudslides on B.C. highways, after helicopters worked to ferry out 275 people from a slide site on Highway 7.

A volunteer carries a young girl to high ground after using a boat to rescue a woman and children who were stranded by high water due to flooding in Abbotsford, B.C.,.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

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People who were stranded by high water due to flooding are rescued by a volunteer operating a boat in Abbotsford, B.C..DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

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A man, toddler and dog who were stranded by high water due to flooding are rescued by a volunteer operating a boat in Abbotsford, B.C..DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

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Aerial photos showing flooded Abbotsford, B.C..Sophia Middleton/The Globe and Mail

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Aerial photos showing flooded Abbotsford, B.C..Sophia Middleton/The Globe and Mail

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A car lies submerged in a ditch on a flooded stretch of road after rainstorms lashed southern B.C.JENNIFER GAUTHIER/Reuters

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A car is seen in a flooded ditch along a road in Chilliwack, B.C.JONATHAN HAYWARD/CP

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Search and rescue personnel help flood evacuees disembark from a helicopter in Agassiz, B.C..JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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A man drives a boat down a flooded road in Chilliwack, B.C..JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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A still image from a doorbell camera shows floodwaters surrounding a property in Merritt, B.C..JARED THOMAS/Reuters

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An aerial view shows a damaged road as a flood sweeps through, near Lytton, B.C..B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Reuters

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A car drives by a flooded Houston Street in Merritt, B.C..Aaron Hemens/The Globe and Mail

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A vehicle is submerged in flood waters along a road in Abbotsford, B.C.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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Debris lie on the ground after a landslide and flood, near Ten Mile, B.C.B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Reuters

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A man rides a bicycle along the sea wall past a barge that came loose from its mooring and crashed ashore after rainstorms in Vancouver, B.C..JESSE WINTER/Reuters

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A cyclist crosses a flooded road after rainstorms lashed southern B.C. , triggering landslides and floods, shutting highways, in Chilliwack, B.C,,JENNIFER GAUTHIER/Reuters

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B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Safety shows storm water on Highway 3 between Bromley Rock Provincial Park and Taylor Mill near Princeton, B.C..HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

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Photos submitted by Allison Barton Youssef who was one of the motorists stranded by highway closings. She and her husband slept in their car Sunday night in Hope, B.C... The shelves in the nearby convenience store were soon emptied by other stranded motorists.Handout

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Flooding has forced the evacuation of the entire community of Merritt, B.C..Kelly Allen/Handout

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Damage from landslide is seen next to the Tank Hill underpass near Lytton, B.C..BC Hydro/Reuters

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Flooding has forced the evacuation of the entire community of Merritt, B.C..Kelly Allen

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A helicopter takes off from a farm surrounded by flood waters in Chilliwack, B.C.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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Flooding on Highway 1 looking westbound towards Abbotsford is seen in Chilliwack, B.C.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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Highway 1 looking eastbound is seen in Chilliwack, B.C..JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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A road sign is surrounded by flood waters as a farm is pictured in the background in Chilliwack, B.C.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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Flying into Abbotsford at roughly 830am.Sophia Middleton/Handout

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A volunteer operates a boat while rescuing people stranded due to floodwaters in Abbotsford, B.C.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

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People stand on a sidewalk above a house surrounded by floodwaters in Abbotsford, B.C.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

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A woman and children who were stranded by high water due to flooding are rescued by a volunteer operating a boat in Abbotsford, B.C.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

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A boat speeds along a flooded highway 1 in Abbotsford, B.C.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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Floodwater evacuees from Merritt, B.C. line up outside an Emergency Support Services centre in Kamloops, B.C.Dennis Owen/The Globe and Mail

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Shopper at the SuperStore in Kamloops, B.C. look over empty produce shelves.Dennis Owen/The Globe and Mail

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A paddler kayaks on a flooded stretch of farmland after rainstorms lashed the western Canadian province of British Columbia, triggering landslides and floods and shutting highways, in Abbotsford, B.C.JENNIFER GAUTHIER/Reuters

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A man attempts to lead cows to safety in Abbotsford, B.C.JENNIFER GAUTHIER/Reuters

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Cows that were stranded in a flooded barn are rescued by a group of people in Abbotsford, B.C.JENNIFER GAUTHIER/Reuters

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People try to avoid flood waters covering a neighbourhood a day after severe rain prompted the evacuation of the city of 7,000 in Merritt, B.C.ARTUR GAJDA/Reuters

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A home is surrounded by flood waters in Chilliwack, B.C.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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Crowds gather along the Trans-Canada highway to view flooding damage in Abbotsford, B.C.JENNIFER GAUTHIER/Reuters

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A truck is stranded along a flooded road in Abbotsford, B.C.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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A boat speeds along a flooded highway 1 in Abbotsford, B.C.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

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