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Canada’s landslide hit British Columbia, cutting off railway lines

The Port of Vancouver moves goods worth $ 550 million ($ 599 million) every day, from cars and finished goods in containers to essential goods.

Malcolm Cairns, a railroad consultant who used to work for CP, said the railroads might be able to redirect some shipments using other lines going north and south of Vancouver, but any solution would be more expensive and slower than usual.

A vehicle is submerged in flooding along a road in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

A vehicle is submerged in flooding along a road in Abbotsford, British Columbia.Credit:AP

“This is like having a work strike, it’s big,” Cairns said in a phone interview. “It will hurt the flow of goods as long as it lasts.”

Authorities in Merritt, about 200 miles northeast of Vancouver, ordered all 8,000 citizens to leave Monday as floodwaters rose rapidly, but some were trapped in their homes, city spokesman Greg Lowis told CBC.

“We are not sure of the structural integrity of any of our bridges,” he said.

The landslides and floods come less than six months after a forest fire wiped out an entire city as temperatures in the province rose under a record-breaking heat dome.

Helicopters carried out several missions on Monday to rescue hundreds of people trapped in their vehicles when mudslides cut off a highway near the mountain town of Agassiz, about 120 miles east of Vancouver.

The storms forced the closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries crude oil from Alberta to the Pacific coast. The line has a capacity of 300,000 barrels a day.

Reuters

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