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Highway 1 from Abbotsford to Chilliwack resumes, but worse weather is expected

Wind and rainfall warnings covered most of the British Columbia coast on Wednesday and came after 12 so-called atmospheric rivers since September.

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The Suma Prairie flood has receded sufficiently in the last few days to allow the reopening of Highway 1 from Abbotsford to Chilliwack on Thursday.

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However, British Columbia is far from the forest because a series of stormy weather systems are set to arrive on the same day from the Pacific Ocean.

It has not yet been announced when the Kokihara Highway between Hope and Merit will open, or even if it is possible this winter, when Highway 8 between Merritt and Spencebridge will reopen. ..

Suma Prairie’s boiling water recommendation was upgraded to a ban warning on Wednesday, but RCMP reports that a sixth person may have died as a result of a mid-November storm that devastated the southwestern part of the state. bottom.

Kokihara in the north of Othello's hope. Flood repairs are in progress.
Kokihara in the north of Othello’s hope. Flood repairs are in progress. Photo by BC Transportation / /PNG

Public Security Minister Mike Farnworth said British Columbia remains an “undeveloped territory.”

Wind and rainfall warnings covered most of the British Columbia coast on Wednesday and came after 12 so-called atmospheric rivers since September.

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Fernworth said that even regular rainfall could cause rivers that had already expanded to dangerous heights, urging residents to prepare for evacuation and monitor for updates.

Transport Minister Rob Fleming said the government was prepared to close some roads as a precautionary measure as modelers sought to predict where and when floods and landslides could occur.

“These storms are coming when we’re already working on some of the most devastating weather we’ve ever seen,” Fernworth said.

“We are taking on challenges, but we are tackling tremendous challenges.”

Wind and rainfall warnings have been issued as the number of people confirmed dead or missing in the flood has increased to six. last week. Four bodies have been recovered from a landslide along Highway 99 near Liluette, and one man is still missing.

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Highway 5 – Kokihara work is underway to repair the Jessica Bridge due to flood damage.
Highway 5 – Kokihara work is underway to repair the Jessica Bridge due to flood damage. Photo by BC Transportation / /PNG

The state’s waterway monitoring center said several atmospheric rivers would be flooded BC, raining up to 70 millimeters on the Fraser Valley, including Abbotsford, and even Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains by Thursday.

Another storm will occur on Saturday, “an additional storm is expected early next week,” according to a statement from the River Forecast Center, but the amount and severity of rainfall has not yet been determined.

The center issued a high-flow recommendation for waterways along the entire British Columbia coast and maintained flood warnings for the Sumas River and Sumas Prairie around Abbotsford. The river was expected to rise on Thursday due to the highest discharges expected around the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound and the North Shore Corridor.

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Rivers in Fraser Valley rise in similar amounts to typical autumn storms, but “can be more problematic due to flood response and recovery efforts and damage to local infrastructure.” It states.

Henry Brown, Mayor of Abbotsford, said the repair of the embankment system covering the west side of Suma Prairie was 90 percent complete.

The Canadian Pacific Railway said the first train arrived from Kamloops to Vancouver on Wednesday after the line resumed service on Tuesday. The company said in a statement that it was loading grain and fuel.

Photograph showing damage to and around the Shackan Indigenous Reserve in the Nikola Valley, British Columbia, after the November 2021 storm and floods.
Photograph showing damage to and around the Shackan Indigenous Reserve in the Nikola Valley, British Columbia, after the November 2021 storm and floods. Photo by submitted photo: Keith Fransson / /PNG

BC Hydro warned of potential power outages and increased water flow into reservoirs on Vancouver Island and the South Coast. CEO Chris Olly said in a statement Wednesday that the team was draining water from several reservoirs that were already full.

Over 258,000 people lost power during the storm last week.

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Highway 1 from Abbotsford to Chilliwack resumes, but worse weather is expected

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