BC expands gas rationing, state of emergency after recent floods

A car has been submerged after rainstorms hit the western Canadian province of British Columbia, triggering landslides and floods that closed highways, in Abbotsford, British Columbia on November 28.TWITTER / @ PNAUHT13 / Reuters

British Columbia has extended fuel rationing until Dec. 14, when the Trans Mountain pipeline is back online after a series of devastating storms in the southern part of the province.

Secretary of State Mike Farnworth says the county has also extended the state of emergency until the same date to ensure emergency services have the resources they need.

The pipeline has been shut down since November 14, when a storm known as an atmospheric river hammered parts of the southern BC, flooding communities, farmland and washing away roads and bridges.

Energy Secretary Bruce Ralston says the pipeline supplies most of the fuel to BC’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, which are now being shipped in by rail from Alberta and by barge from the United States.

Drivers have been asked to continue to limit their purchases of fuel to 30 liters per liter. visit to a gas station.

A third storm in the last few days was predicted to move into BC late Monday and Tuesday.

Farnworth said in a statement that although progress has been made on the province’s recovery, “we are still in an unstable situation.”

The fuel saving effort has worked and ensured that there is enough fuel for emergency vehicles and commercial traffic, he said at a press conference.

“We have to stay the course for another two weeks until we have the Trans Mountain pipeline online again,” he said.

Ralston said Trans Mountain will make sure the pipeline is safe to operate before starting up again, but it will be under reduced pressure.

Restrictions on unnecessary journeys affecting stretches of Highways 3, 7 and 99 remain in place, and Transport Minister Rob Fleming urged drivers to stay away from highways during storms.

“An extension of the provincial declaration and fuel restrictions will help us with the challenges ahead as we continue repairs to our badly damaged highways and get our railways and roadways back up and running,” he said in a statement. “Getting goods moving along BC’s corridors is crucial to moving goods and services to people in need.”

Environment Canada warned that up to 200 millimeters of rain could soak British Columbia’s central coast and parts of Vancouver Island until Wednesday. It says heavy rainfall can cause water to accumulate on roads and floods in low-lying areas, where snowmelt could potentially contribute to increased runoff with mild temperatures at higher altitudes.

Inland sections of the coast including Bella Bella were expected to receive up to 120 millimeters of rain from Monday night and motorists were asked to avoid driving through the water on the roads.

“Even shallow, fast-moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle or person away,” the agency said in a written statement. “Be prepared for winter conditions at higher altitudes.”

Between 50 and 100 millimeters of rain were expected for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, Whistler and the Sunshine Coast.

The weather office said more than 100 millimeters of rain soaked through the Fraser Valley town of Abbotsford over the weekend, while more fell in Hope.

Flood warnings have been issued for the Coldwater, Coquihalla, Nicola and Tulameen rivers, all of which caused severe flooding earlier this month to towns and cities along their banks, including Merritt, Spences Bridge, Princeton and Hope.

A flood warning also remained in effect for the Sumas River through Abbotsford, with rising levels forcing crews to set up a portable dam on Sunday night to protect a major stretch of Highway 1.

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said the focus was on flooding the Nooksack River in Washington state because its high water has the potential to further flood low-lying areas.

A social media post from the city of Sumas in Washington says that the floodwaters from the river continued to move north towards Canada, but had not yet reached a key bridge about 500 meters from the border.

A preventive evacuation order was issued for some Abbotsford properties late Sunday. Several more homes were also put on evacuation after a mudslide threatened properties on a hillside north of Highway 1, away from the flooding of the Sumas River.

Environment Canada warns that up to 200 mm of rain could soak British Columbia’s central coast and parts of Vancouver Island until Wednesday, when a third atmospheric river hits the province.

It says heavy rainfall can cause water to accumulate on roads and floods in low-lying areas, where snowmelt could potentially contribute to increased runoff with mild temperatures at higher altitudes.

The agency also predicts strong southerly winds over exposed coastal sections as part of a storm packing heavy rain.

Inland sections of the coast including Bella Bella are expected to receive up to 120 mm of rain from Monday evening and motorists are being asked to avoid driving through the water on the roads.

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