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B.C. residents airlifted to safety

Sept. 26, 2010, Port Hardy, B.C. - The residents of a B.C. coastal reserve where flood waters are rising have been airlifted to safer ground.

September 26, 2010
By The Canadian Press

RCMP Sgt. Phil Lue says nearly 100 residents of Kingcome Inlet were
flown by helicopter Saturday to a welcoming centre in Alert Bay off
Vancouver island.

"From there, they proceeded to kind of place everybody in the community – find them somewhere to stay,'' he said.

Lue said it was hoped the flood waters would recede enough within the
next few days for the residents to go home. He added that there have
been no reports of injuries or property damage from the flooding.

Meanwhile, a state of emergency has been lifted in the Vancouver Island
community of Port Hardy, where heavy rains flooded homes and roads on
Friday.

Heavy rains also triggered a mudslide in Port Alice, blocking access to
part of the village.  A search and rescue team will try to remove the
people from the area later today.