Thousands evacuated in B.C. wildfires 

Wildfire north of Cache Creek, BC, 07 July 2017 (BC Transportation/Twitter)

A state of emergency is in place across British Columbia which gives government special authority over more than 230 wildfires. 

B.C. wildfire officials say weeks of hot, dry weather combined with strong winds and dry lightning have led to almost 16,000 hectares being burned so far. 

More than 7,000 residents in the Interior and Cariboo regions have been evacuated from communities like Cache Creek, Princeton, Ashcroft and 100 Mile House to be housed in Kamloops. 

Temperatures remain hot in these areas this weekend soaring above 30 C. 


Military helps in Quebec flood effort

Flooding in Gatineau, Quebec, 06 May 2017 (Instagram)

Days of rainy weather in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario have taken a toll on the region and Canadian soldiers have been asked to help.

High water levels have threatened hundreds of homes and at least 700 residents have been evacuated.

Ile-Bizard, west of Montreal, has been especially hard hit with sand bags helping to keep back rising water in some areas.

In New Brunswick, a low pressure system could bring 50-100 mm of rain to western areas of the province where rivers are already full of water this weekend.

Wildfires tear through Tennessee

Burned buildings and cars aftermath of wildfire in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Wildfire devastation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA, 29 Nov 2016 (Reuters)

It sounds all too familiar in 2016 – wildfires devastate a community.

This time it’s autumn in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and last time it was spring in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

About 1,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed by wildfires in the eastern part of the southern U.S. state of Tennessee.

Officials believe the fire was human-caused and began earlier this week in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Strong winds toppled trees and power lines and spread embers to nearby Gatlinburg where 14,000 people had to be evacuated.

Rain has helped fire crews but months of drought has left the ground bone-dry.

At least two Canadians are among 13 people who have died in the wildfires.

N.B. firefighters head to hot, dry Western Canada

Smoke from forest fires in Western Canada drifts south deep into the USA, 29 June 2015 (NASA)

Smoke from forest fires in Western Canada drifts south deep into the USA, 29 June 2015 (NASA)

Hundreds of forest fires are burning in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories thanks to recent warm, dry weather and smoke is being carried south well into the United States this week thanks to a big dip in the jet stream.

New Brunswick has sent at least 34 firefighters from the Department of Natural Resources to help out in Western Canada since the season to date here has been very quiet.

At least 5,000 people from several northern Saskatchewan communities have been evacuated due to the fires and the Red Cross says they are being housed at several shelters across the province.

Flooding in Truro

Flooding on Robie Street, Truro, NS, 10 September 2012 (Courtesy Facebook)

My hometown of Truro, NS has been inundated with floodwaters today thanks to heavy rain and a high tide which spilled the banks of the Salmon and North Rivers.

More than 100 mm of rain fell in the Truro area in just an 18 hour period.

Floodwaters breached two dikes which forced the high school, Cobequid Educational Centre, and the Stanfield’s plant to evacuate.

Numerous roads were closed and some were even washed out.

Residents of a low-lying mobile home park in neighbouring Bible Hill also had to be evacuated.

More rain is expected to fall as Hurricane Leslie brushes eastern Nova Scotia on its way to Newfoundland.

Beijing battered by heavy rain

Vehicles submerged on a Beijing highway, 22 July 2012 (MCT)

The heaviest rain in 60 years battered the Chinese capital of Beijing on the weekend, overwhelming the city’s drainage system and flooding cars and homes.

State media reports more than 35 people were killed and dozens more still missing.

At least 60,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes.

Officials say more rain fell in one day than what normally falls in six months in Beijing.

Soaked in Saskatchewan!

Friday forecast for SK, 24 June 11 (TWN)

When you think of Saskatchewan you normally think dry but that hasn’t been the case this spring and in many cases the province has been soaked for weeks.

For example, the city of Estevan has already had almost a year’s worth of rain –  324 mm since May 1st versus 333 mm annually.

Almost 1,000 residents of southern Saskatchewan have been forced from their homes due to severe flooding in the past week.

The influx of water is also having an impact in the neighbouring U.S. state of North Dakota – more than 11,000 people in Minot have been evacuated as water from the Souris River spills over dikes.