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Flooding kills thousands of livestock

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thousands of poultry and other livestock were killed in Canadian flooding last week
Thousands of poultry and other livestock were killed in Canadian flooding last week

Severe flooding in Canada has caused the drowning of thousands of caged birds and livestock in parts of British Columbia.

The flooding killed poultry, goats and lambs in Chilliwack, about one hour east of Vancouver.

"The poultry industry was particularly hard hit," the town's mayor, Sharon Gaetz, told the Vancouver Sun. "We had four incidences that were reported to us of poultry farmers who lost between 400 to 1,000 birds each."

On Sunday the waters began to recede and it was announced the ministry of agriculture will assist the poultry farmers in the removal of the carcasses.

Heavy rains last week caused evacuations in the area as the flooding increased, with 50 homes in the area reporting flooded basements and 25 homes with water running though them.

Although the waters have receded, the threat of mudslides remains for the region with the surrounding area in a state of emergency since last week.

As of Sunday, Gaetz told the Vancouver Sun that 53 people were still out of their homes and were unlikely to be able to return for about a month.ADNFCR-2034-ID-18971530-ADNFCR

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