Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Elxn)

Voters across British Columbia are marking their ballots after a sometimes bruising 28-day election campaign in the province.

Liberal Leader Christy Clark voted at a community centre in Vancouver, where poll workers had to intervene after a man approached her yelling insults.

The Liberals have been in power for 16 years and are trying to build on four straight majority governments by running on a record of economic growth and financial stability.

During the campaign, New Democrat Leader John Horgan accused Clark of being out of touch with average people on issues such as the cost of housing and education funding.

Green Leader Andrew Weaver told voters his party is the only one offering a different take on climate change and preparing for a new economy fuelled by technological change. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-WEA-Flooding)

More flooding is expected along Nicola Lake and river in B-C's south-central region as the province warns the lake is rising about 24 centimetres a day.

Forecasts of thunderstorms with isolated heavy rainfall over the Nicola River watershed in the next few days mean lake levels could increase even further.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says levels could rise about 1.3 metres above the current elevation, likely causing water to go through the emergency spillway.

The districts of Thompson-Nicola, Lake Country, Central Okanagan, Kelowna and West Kelowna all have states of local emergency in effect due to flooding and evacuations. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfire-Forecast)

Federal researchers say dry conditions and low precipitation in some areas of British Columbia and southern Yukon may cause a gradual increase in the wildfire threat in the coming weeks.

However, Natural Resources Canada is forecasting an average wildfire season.

Experts say the danger for areas including forests, shrubs and grasslands is expected to peak in June and then taper off later in the summer. …

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