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Floods force closure of major port and pipeline in Canada

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Record rainfall has caused floods and landslides across the Canadian province of British Columbia, leading to at least one death and cutting all rail access to the country’s largest port in Vancouver, according to Reuters.

The port would usually move C$550mn ($440mn) worth of cargo a day, including items such as cars and finished goods, as well as essential commodities.

The storms have also forced the closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries up to 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta to the Pacific coast.

Since the storm began Saturday, 225 millimetres of rain have fallen on the community of Hope, and 180 millimetres have fallen around Agassiz and Chilliwack in the eastern part of the Fraser Valley, according to the Guardian.

The heavy rainfall is also affecting the US Pacific north-west, where flooding and mudslides in Washington state have forced evacuations and school closures.

A state of emergency has been declared for the town of Hamilton, about 80 miles (129km) north-east of Seattle, while people have been warned to expect flooding in the cities of Sedro-Woolley, Burlington and Mount Vernon.

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