Storm in the US causes flooding and evacuations (PHOTOS)

A storm in the northwestern United States and Canada caused “devastating damage” when flooding forced thousands of people to evacuate. At...

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  • A storm in the northwestern United States and Canada caused “devastating damage” when flooding forced thousands of people to evacuate.
  • At least one person died due to landslides.
  • In a city in Washington, about 75% of homes suffered water damage.

Many parts of western Washington began to dry out on Tuesday after days of storms, but water continued to rise in other areas. Authorities urged more people to evacuate, and crews tried to restore power and reopen roads, reported the Associated Press.

Authorities in the small town of Sumas, Washington, near the Canadian border described the damage as devastating. Hundreds of people had been evacuated and about 75% of the homes had suffered water damage, authorities said Tuesday on Facebook.

A woman died

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The event was reminiscent of the severe flooding in western Washington in November 1990, when two people died and more than 2,000 were evacuated. “These families and businesses need our prayers and support as we begin the cleanup and rebuilding process in the coming days,” the Facebook post said.

Across the border, the body of a woman was recovered from a landslide northeast of Vancouver in British Columbia. The landslide near Lillooet was triggered by record rains. According to the Canadian Mounted Police, at least two other persons are missing. Filed Under: Storm Washington.

Hispanic man missing after floods

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The waters of the Sumas River rose rapidly in Washington state, overtaking rescuers in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where 1,100 homes were evacuated on Tuesday. Those neighbors joined thousands of other people in the province forced to leave their homes due to floods or landslides since Sunday night.

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said on Tuesday that authorities were having trouble getting people to evacuation points due to impassable roads. Southwest of Sumas, Washington, a 59-year-old man from Everson who was identified Tuesday by police as Jose Garcia was still missing after his truck was washed into a flooded field. He was last seen hanging onto a tree. Filed Under: Storm Washington.

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