Efforts to Restore Rail, Roads Continue After Massive B.C. Flood

Port of Vancouver
Port of Vancouver
Workers continue to repair flood-damaged areas at the Port of Vancouver. Photo via Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

This week, workers continued to repair damaged roads and rail area following massive flooding caused by recent heavy rains in British Columbia’s Pacific region.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 1, engineers were working on a flood-affected area of Canadian National Railway’s mainline between Kamloops and Boston Bar, but there was no timeline for when rail operations through the area would return, according to an update posted on the Port of Vancouver’s website.

Meanwhile, drayage truck movement stayed steady and some highway routes have been restored with detours, occasional closures and limits to only essential traffic.

“Proactive closures may occur when heavy rainfall is forecast,” according to the update. “Reconstruction and repairs continue on major roadways across the region.”

Meanwhile, there’s an effort to offer more storage capacity for containers to help alleviate supply chain congestion in the Lower Mainland areas already affected by weather disruptions. The project calls for preparing a 40-acre site for temporarily handling and storing empty containers, with plans to hire an operator for storage service in the coming weeks, according to the port.

In mid-November, British Columbia’s Pacific region was hit with two days of torrential rains that led to major cargo and business disruption and thousands of dollars in massive damage.

With more rain expected this week, evacuation orders stayed in place for communities affected by the flooding. The British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General also extended a state of emergency to Dec. 14.

By Karen Robes Meeks