Rescuers search for victims of Canadian landslides and railroad tracks are cut

Ottawa — On Tuesday, two of Canada’s largest railroads were reported to have caused serious damage to the network, so dog-using search teams said people who could have been buried in a landslide across British Columbia, Canada. I started looking for.

The storm that began on Sunday destroyed roads in the Pacific, closed oil pipelines, and restricted access to land in Vancouver, Canada’s largest port.

Rail lines operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway are no longer available in the towns of Hope and Chilliwack in the lower mainland of the Fraser Valley region in eastern Vancouver, CP said in a notice to customers.

In some areas, it rained 8 inches (200 mm) on Sunday. This is the amount that usually falls in a month.

Rescuers equipped with excavators and dogs begin to dismantle large piles of debris that have clogged the freeway.

“If a few machines touch a vehicle or a dog points to a person, it stops and digs by hand until they find what they are showing and recovers if it is a living victim. It’s time to see if that’s the case, “Captain John Gomic Vancouver’s Urban Search and Rescue Team told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

On Tuesday the towns of Chilliwack and Abbotsford ordered partial evacuation.

Images posted on social media showed that the land under one section of the railroad track was washed away.

Washed bridge
Aerial photographs show the washed-out bridge on the Kokihara Highway during a flood near Carolin Mine Road, British Columbia, Canada on November 15, 2021. (Distribution via BC Transport Infrastructure Ministry / Reuters)

The Port of Vancouver carries $ 550 million ($ 440 million) of cargo daily, from cars and containerized finished products to essentials.

Malcolm Cairns, a railroad consultant who worked at CP, said the railroad could use other routes from Vancouver to the north and south to reroute some cargo, but the workaround is more than usual. It’s expensive and time consuming.

“It’s like going on strike, it’s big,” Cairns said in a telephone interview. “No matter how long this lasts, it will have a negative impact on the flow of goods.”

Merit authorities, about 200 km (120 miles) northeast of Vancouver, ordered all 8,000 citizens to leave on Monday due to the rapid rise in river water, but the city said some were trapped in their homes. Spokesman Greg Lowis told the CBC.

“We are not confident in the structural integrity of any bridge,” he said.

The helicopter performed multiple missions on Monday, killing hundreds of people trapped in vehicles when a landslide blocked the freeway near the mountain town of Agashi, about 120 km (75 miles) east of Vancouver. I rescued you.

The storm closed the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries crude oil from Alberta to the Pacific coast. The capacity of this line is 300,000 barrels per day.

By Artur Gajda