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Washington and British Columbia floods affect 9,306 buildings: ICEYE

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Record rainfall has caused floods and landslides across the Canadian province of British Columbia and Washington in the US, impacting a total of 9,306 buildings as of Friday.

A total of 4,926 buildings impacted are in Washington and 4,380 in British Columbia, according to data satellite company ICEYE.

Of the total 9,306 buildings affected by the floods, 5,736 have been impacted at a low depth, 2,829 at a medium depth and 741 at a high depth.

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The city of Merritt in British Colombia and the area between Burlington and Sedro-Woolley in Washington were highlighted by ICEYE as specific areas of damage, with 973 buildings damaged in Merritt and 2,835 between Burlington and Sedro-Woolley.

Other affected areas identified by ICEYE were: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, Everson, Bellingham, Ferndale, Sumas, Lynden, Sedro Woolley, Mt Vernon, Burlington, Allen, Sterling, Vancouver, Delta, Burnaby, and Princeton. Approximately 43,510 sq km was in scope for the analysis.

Local officials have warned that the cost of rebuilding in British Columbia could exceed C$1bn ($790m), according to the BBC.

Some 24 communities in the Canadian province have experienced close to 100 mm of rain from last Saturday to Monday, according to Sky News


The flooding has caused highways to close and cut off rail access to Canada's biggest port. The shut-downs are adding to existing supply chain disruptions.

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

The storm has 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. The closure of the pipeline is likely to last approximately another week.

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