The province of British Columbia has entered a recovery management phase after an intense rainy season brought floods that damaged thousands of homes and caused $1.3 billion in damage.
Evacuation orders and alerts have been lifted across the province, the British Columbia Civil Defence said in a statement late Thursday night.
Authorities are emphasizing that residents and visitors should stay safe and follow warnings when returning to unaffected areas.
The Province is now entering a phase of recovery and recovery recovery planning as we continue to work with the affected communities to help them move forward from this historic year. It is in everyone’s best interest to return to normal life and to avoid further complicating recovery efforts. My team and I will continue to meet with all levels of government, emergency responders, and communities to assess the damage and devise a recovery plan for BC. pic.twitter.com/E78qzAk1cs — B.C. Emergency Management (@BCemcs) July 12, 2019
“As communities begin to assess the damage to their homes and businesses, most evacuees have now returned home,” British Columbia Emergency Management Emergency Operations deputy minister Donora Nolan said in a statement.
“The most remarkable parts of this disaster are the contributions of the community volunteers who have come together to assist their neighbors. We are thankful for their time and effort, and for their willingness to remove the debris and help residents.”