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Reopening of Coquihalla Highway could take ‘weeks or months’ due to flood damage

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Flying over B.C.'s Coquihalla Highway Tuesday morning, the damage from the deluge of rain is very evident and shocking. The road has been completely snapped in two and a timeline for when it may reopen remains unclear at this time – Nov 16, 2021

Several major highways remained closed Tuesday morning, after a storm moved through southern B.C. Sunday and Monday causing traffic confusion across the province.

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B.C. floods: Deputy premier discusses provincial disaster plan as mudslides shut down major highways – Nov 16, 2021

Many of the routes in and out of the Lower Mainland remain cut off.

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The Coquihalla Highway, one of B.C.’s main highways connecting the Lower Mainland and the Interior, suffered catastrophic damage.

The southbound lanes between Larson Hill and Juliet have been washed into the river, provincial officials said.

Read more: Southbound lanes of B.C.’s major Coquihalla Highway washed away by intense rain

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B.C. floods: Evacuation order issued for Merritt as city floods and wastewater plant fails – Nov 16, 2021

“In some cases, it can be hours, or a day or two to remove debris,” Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Tuesday morning about reopening highways.

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“But in some cases, like the Coquihalla, it could be several weeks or months. We won’t know that until the experts do the work that needs to be done and they’re doing it right now.”

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