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VANCOUVER – British Columbia declared a state of emergency on Wednesday following unprecedented flooding that displaced residents, cut off access to several highways and killed thousands of cattle while scores of other animals are in danger of death.

Premier John Horgan said the declaration would help preserve basic access to services and supplies for communities across the province, which has seen even more weather-related devastation months after historic wildfires and a thermal dome that claimed the lives of nearly 600 people.

Horgan said the government would introduce travel restrictions to ensure essential goods and medical and emergency services can reach communities.

He also called on the federal government to help him respond to the disaster.

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