Premier John Horgan (Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The BC government has announced the current provincial state of emergency has been extended until January 18th.

The state of emergency was first set in place following mass flooding across the province in November.

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Now, with some BC highways still damaged by flooding and mudslides and potential further flooding this week, the province believes there is a continued need for public safety measures under the Emergency Program Act. 

“My continued thanks go out to road crews who are working so hard to get our highways back and fully open,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General in a release Tuesday.

“This work is essential in getting vital resources to the people of British Columbia, and once completed will allow for easier access to communities around the province. Thank you to all British Columbians for your ongoing patience and compliance during these challenging times.”

The orders restricting travel on highways 5 and 99 will also remain in place at this time.

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