British Columbia urges residents to stay vigilant as more storms are expected in the affected areas


The British Columbia government is urging residents to be vigilant as more storms are expected to hit the state’s south coast, including the devastated Fraser Valley, in the coming days.

“We expect another rain this Wednesday-Friday, and we expect more storms in the coming weeks,” Public Security Minister Mike Fernworth said in a press conference. November 22Encourage British Columbia citizens to keep up with weather warnings and warnings.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) predicts that two more atmospheric rivers will arrive on the south coast on November 25 and 27 as part of a “storm parade” approaching the state in winter.

Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow zones of the atmosphere that carry steam, like empty rivers, and when a river lands, it often releases this steam as rain or snow.

“Forecast for the future [B.C.’s] The South Coast is very moist, “said Armel Castellan Castellan, an ECCC warning-preparing meteorologist at a media briefing on 22 November.

“I’m not necessarily seeing the same amount I saw two weeks ago, but I’m seeing a very strong signal throughout the weekend. Until next week, there’s a lively storm.”

Atmospheric rivers, predicted on November 25, will utilize subtropical moisture and heat to bring both rain and water to areas already flooded from snowmelt in the mountains, according to Castellan.

“It will probably result in freezing levels up to 2,500 meters, it’s so high that there will be some snowmelt in this humidity,” he said.

“We can be about 40-70 mm in Fraser Valley and over 100 mm in the North Shore Mountains around Howe Sound.”

Fernworth said it has made significant progress in its recovery work so far while the challenge continues to face the state.

“The breach of the Smas embankment has been fixed, the Barrowtown Pump Station is moving water back to the Fraser River, and important connections between Lower Mainland and the rest of the state are beginning to resume,” he said. Said at a press conference on November 22nd. meeting.

As of November 23, the state has reopened Highway 3 near Manning Park and has received a geoengineering assessment that it has determined to be safe, targeting people traveling for goods movement and critical purposes. .. The highway was closed on 22 November after a crack in the pavement was observed about 10 kilometers east of Manning Park Lodge.

The state has also opened an eastward lane on Highway 1 from east of Highway 11 to Cole Road for emergency access to agricultural relief as floods in the Abbotsford region continue to recede. Highway 1 between Boothroid and Hope opened on November 21st and helped connect some communities to Lower Mainland.

Fernworth emphasized that non-mandatory travel bans continue to apply to sections hit by Highway 3, Highway 7, and Highway 99. Expansion To cover part of Highway 1 in the Sumas region of Abbotsford.

“Our focus is on keeping the roads of agricultural vehicles in Fraser Valley clean. If possible, we encourage everyone to do their part and stay off the road,” he said. ..

BC Transport Minister Rob Fleming has ensured that the supply chain is back on track and that goods and services are back in action.

“As we reopen our supply chain, we will continue to work closely with other levels of government and many companies and organizations,” he said at a press conference.

Fleming added that the Canadian Pacific Railway is “carefully optimistic” about resuming operations on November 23, unless something unexpected happens.

“They have made great strides in repairing the tracks that connect us to the Alberta border and other parts of Canada. This will be a very important and welcome development for our country’s movement of goods. “He said.

CP Rail also said it plans to reopen the railroad between Kamloops and Vancouver on November 23.

Meanwhile, Merritt City is the first stage of a three-stage return plan that goes into effect at noon on November 23, after the Coldwater River floods a community of about 7,000 people a week, forcing the entire city to evacuate. Was announced. in front.

With files from Canadian Press

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.