Canada Intense weather systems head for B.C. as province reopens, repairs major road routes
Trudeau pledges to stand by B.C. now and through post-flood recovery
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged today to support the residents of flood-hit British Columbia during the current crisis and beyond, when the province begins to rebuild. "I want people to know, first of all, that the federal government has been engaging with the local authorities [in] the province," Trudeau told a public question-and-answer session at an event hosted by the Wilson Center think tank in Washington D.C. "I spoke with the premiers, spoke with a number of mayors last night, to talk about how people are doing in this terrifically bad situation.
VICTORIA — Rainstorms of increasing intensity are forecast to hit British Columbia over the coming days, prompting warnings for people to be prepared to evacuate floodwaters if necessary.
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the biggest rainstorm is expected to arrive on Tuesday and people living in areas prone to flooding should be on alert.
He urges people to have food, water, blankets, and flashlights ready in case of rising waters in their communities.
Floods and mudslides last week damaged and closed some major provincial highways, forced the evacuation of the City of Merritt and caused historic flood damage in the Abbotsford-Chilliwack area of the Fraser Valley, devastating homes, farms and livestock.
Number of sites, looming winter, complicate 'unprecedented' B.C. highway repairs
Repairing the British Columbia highways washed out by heavy rains and flooding will be complicated by the scale of the damage, the terrain and the coming winter, building experts say. "It's unprecedented, the size and scope and the number of sites," said Joe Wrobel, the president of JPW Road and Bridge, a road-building company based in the north Okanagan area of B.C. Despite the extent of the damage, Wrobel, whose company is not directly involved in the repairs related to the flooding, said there are processes in place for emergency repairs, adding that the B.C. government has already drawn up lists of available contractors and equipment.
Six people have been confirmed killed or missing in the floods and slides.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to be in B.C. today to visit areas affected by the flooding and meet with provincial, municipal, and First Nation leaders.
Trudeau's schedule says he will be in the Abbotsford area and will also meet with members of the military, first responders and volunteers.
He is to be in Victoria later in the day to meet with Premier John Horgan.
Farnworth says officials will be closely watching the coming storms for increasing flood and slide threats.
Environment Canada says Howe Sound, as well as northern sections of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, were expected to receive up to 80 millimetres of rain by Friday morning. Southern sections of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley were forecast to receive up to 50 millimetres.
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But despite the weather warnings, the government says progress is being made in re-establishing vital highway links and interrupted supply chains.
Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said Thursday that a major section of the Trans-Canada Highway between Abbotsford and Chilliwack has reopened and work on the damaged Coquihalla Highway is underway. The major route that connects the Lower Mainland with the B.C. Interior could reopen in late January, but to commercial traffic only, he added.
Fleming said about 20 sites along the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt have been badly damaged and five bridges have either collapsed or sustained serious structural problems.
The Trans-Canada Highway through the Fraser Canyon remains closed as does Highway 8 between Spences Bridge and Merritt, but Highway 3 from Hope to the Interior is open as is Highway 7 between Agassiz and Hope.
Another series of storms set to roll through regions of B.C. devastated by floods and mudslides
Communities left reeling by significant floods and mudslides in southern B.C. are set to face another series of storms heading into the weekend, even as widespread damage continues to affect key highways and supply chains, and thousands remain away from their homes.Environment Canada issued a series of rainfall warnings for regions throughout southwest B.C. overnight on Thursday. Up to 80 millimetres of rain is set to fall near the mountains, and 50 millimetres near the coast.
The federal government and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced they are working together to address supply chain disruptions, with Ottawa contributing up to $4.1 million to ease bottlenecks at Vancouver ports.
Farnworth said the coming rains have emergency officials making preparations in the Sumas area of the Fraser Valley where major flooding has already occurred.
"The focus right now is on the flood-impacted areas where the ground is saturated and dikes have been under pressure," he said.
"The entire region is getting the attention and the focus to make sure that not only are crews there but the equipment, the sandbags, of which I think about two million are in place to be able to deal with the weather events we are seeing."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2021.
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