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The BC Trucking Association CEO says it's understandable for people to be concerned about delays due to road closures, but there is no need to panic as items can be rerouted. "From the supply chain perspective, it's important for people to realize that not everything comes through Vancouver, particularly your consumables, your day-to-days," he said. "We can access those materials, we can access those shipments from Alberta. We can bring them up through the United States. There are ways to serve these communities, and that's what we're working on right now.
VANCOUVER — The federal government and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority say they are working together to address supply chain disruptions after severe flooding in British Columbia.
A statement from the federal ministers of transport and emergency preparedness says the government is contributing up to $4.1 million to ease bottlenecks at Vancouver ports.
The congestion was caused by the aftermath of floods that severed all rail and road travel between Metro Vancouver and B.C.'s Interior.
The statement says the plan, led by the port authority, will add container storage capacity by opening up an undeveloped 16-hectare parcel of industrial land in Richmond to hold empty containers.
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© AFP L A Canadian Province of Columbia -British declared the state of emergency on Wednesday after floods that affected several cities And have led to the evacuation of thousands of people, the Government of the Canada announcing the sending of the army to reinforce. The Prime Minister of British Columbia, John Horgan, indicated the triggering of the state of emergency, after the torrential rains fallen Sunday and Monday have provoked landslides and floods, killing at least one person.
The funding comes as the first in a line of storms sweeps across B.C. at a time when the province works to rebuild from last week's devastating flooding and deadly mudslides.
Wind and rainfall warnings blanket most of the B.C. coast and powerful gusts pushed a loaded container ship aground in Prince Rupert harbour on Tuesday, but the vessel was refloated with no apparent damage.
B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Thursday's storm follows about a dozen so-called atmospheric rivers that have saturated land in the province since September.
Routine rainfall may cause already swollen rivers to rise to dangerous heights and he urged residents to prepare for evacuations and watch for updates
The government was making headway on recovery since last week's floods, with supply chains stabilizing, gas shortages starting to ease and some evacuees allowed to return to their homes.
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There are still 40 people in the evacuation order area in Sumas Prairie, said Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr. "We need those people to please get out of that area."Abbotsford police took to Twitter around 1 p.m. to issue what they said was an urgent plea.
The major arterial supply route of Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley was on track to reopen Thursday, while Canadian Pacific Railway announced the first trains had arrived in Vancouver from Kamloops carrying grain and fuel.
The province is in "uncharted territory," Farnworth said Wednesday.
"These storms are coming at a time when we're already grappling with some of the most destructive weather we've ever seen," he said.
"Although we are up to the challenge, we are working through a monumental task."
Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said the government is prepared to close some roads as a precaution as modellers try to predict where damage might occur.
The number of people confirmed killed or missing in the floods has risen to six.
The RCMP is investigating a report of a missing woman who was unable to leave a home on Highway 8 before it was washed away last week. Four bodies have been recovered from a mudslide along Highway 99 near Lillooet and one man is still missing.
The centre that monitors the province's waterways said several storms will drench B.C., dropping up to 70 millimetres of rain over the Fraser Valley, including flood-damaged Abbotsford by Thursday, and even more over Vancouver's North Shore mountains.
The statement from the River Forecast Centre said another storm will arrive Saturday and "additional storms are expected early next week," although the amount and severity of rainfall are still being determined.
Rivers in the Fraser Valley could rise by amounts similar to typical fall storms but could be "more problematic due to flood response and recovery efforts and damaged infrastructure in the region," it said.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2021.
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Cities are typically engineered to repel rainwater into drains and pipes. But building them like ‘sponges’ to absorb water can better help against flooding.Members of the Canadian Forces, alongside residents, are building dikes, drainage channels, and sandbagging with force. Over the weekend, B.C. got several more millimetres of rain, with more on the way.