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Flood risk subsiding as weather patterns return to normal

Rising water threatens homes along Mara Lake in Sicamous, B.C. Tuesday, June 26, 2012.


Emergency Management B.C. continues to operate in areas affected by high water levels, but officials hope the return to regular June weather patterns will prevent further flooding.

"We're still very busy," said Chris Duffy, their executive director of emergency co-ordination. "[There is] still very expensive work going on in the field and in our operation centres."

In addition to a central emergency co-ordination space and five provincial centres, 30 local emergency operation centres remain open across the province, said Mr. Duffy.

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The local hubs have been co-ordinating emergency response against flood waters partially caused by last weekend's hot and rainy weather. The weather system responsible for this has moved to the Prairies, said Doug Lundquist, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

"Everything is very much on track for this time of year now," said Mr. Lundquist. "Finally."

With incoming dry weather, the river levels are expected to drop, said Dave Campbell, head of the B.C. River Forecast Centre.

"Hopefully - barring any sort of really severe weather - we'll be on a dropping trend," said Mr. Campbell.

Currently, seven evacuation orders and 24 evacuation alerts are still in place. Throughout the province, 140 people have been evacuated from their homes and 2,300 others remain ready to leave at a moments notice.

As the water from last weekend's heavy rainfall continues its way into the lower Fraser, the water levels at Mission and Hope are expected to peak by the end of the weekend.

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