The recent heavy rains in Canada have brought much-needed relief to areas ravaged by wildfires. The rain extinguished a huge number of wildfires, just in time to avoid making this wildfire season one of the worst in the country’s history.
However, the rains could also bring new challenges to areas affected by the wildfires and those that have not yet been affected. For example, the sudden influx of water could cause dangerous levels of flooding. The water has also saturated soil and can cause soil erosion, making the land unstable and increasing the risk of landslides. Flash floods are also possible due to the high amounts of water quickly filling up creeks and rivers.
Therefore, now that the rain has arrived, government agencies must be prepared to deal with problems like flooding and landslides. First responders may need to be ready to respond to emergencies, and efforts to restore water systems and protect infrastructure may need to be accelerated in order to prevent further damage.