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Devastating Flooding in B.C. Impacting Rail and Road Transportation

Hwy 1 at Tank Hill near Lytton and Nicomen-from above
Hwy 1 at Tank Hill near Lytton and Nicomen-from above

Devastating flooding in B.C. has wreaked havoc on Vancouver highways and railways. Since Sunday morning numerous flood warning have been issued in Southwestern B.C. as flood waters reach an all-time high.

As a result, the Port of Vancouver has halted all rail service to and from the port. Both CN and CP Rail have also ceased all rail traffic between Vancouver and Kamloops. Damage assessments and repairs are being conducted at the multiple locations to reestablish access. It is expected that increased anchorage demands will lead to vessel delays as well as disruptions to terminal operations.

In addition to impacted rail services highways throughout southwestern B.C., including all main routes to Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley have been washed out or closed due to landsides and debris. Transportation Canada expects to see extensive and sustained pressures on supply chains as a result.

Recovery plans are being developed with all key stakeholders, but immediate focus of all recovery efforts is preservation of life, followed by the movement of essential goods and restoration of economic activity. Updates to be sent as available.

Sources:

Flood Warnings and Advisories – River Forecast Centre – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

www.portvancouver.com/port-dashboard

https://ciffa.com/resource/

https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/evacuation-orders-recovery-efforts-ongoing-amid-threat-from-devastating-floods-mudslides-in-b-c-1.5669582

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