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Current status of B.C.’s major highways and roadways as routes remain closed

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The province is prepared to use the emergency alert notification system if necessary as it braces for the third in a series of intense rainstorms. As crews make progress on highway repairs, troops are being deployed to Merritt amid a new flood threat. Kristen Robinson reports.

The B.C. government continues to provide an update about major highways and roadways impacted by the atmospheric rivers that struck the south coast and parts of the Interior.

More than 20 reception centres have been set up around the province and Farnworth said everyone who was stuck due to the initial storm has now been rescued.

Read more: B.C.’s Highway 1 reopens between Abbotsford and Chilliwack

The province announced new measures last Friday to restrict non-essential travel to and from impacted areas.

Highway 99, Highway 3 and Highway 7 are open to essential travel only until at least Dec. 1, 2021. This means non-essential travel will not be allowed on these routes.

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B.C. floods: Another round of heavy rain puts Abbotsford into action

Here is a breakdown of the current status of highways in B.C.’s flood-affected areas

Highway 7 was closed Sunday between 240th Street and 264th street in Maple Ridge due to flooding. It has now reopened.

To keep supply chains moving, the province has made Highway 7 from Murray Street in Mission to Highway 1 in Hope an essential travel route.

Essential travel includes public transit, charter buses, and school buses on this route.

Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack was closed Sunday, Nov. 28, due to flooding in the area. It is not known when it will reopen again.

Read more: B.C.’s Highway 1 reopens between Abbotsford and Chilliwack

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Highway 1 between Popkum and Hope has been temporarily closed while BC Hydro releases water from a nearby reservoir. No time of reopening has been announced.

Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon, from Hope to Boston Bar, was closed on Saturday as a precautionary measure due to heavy rain. Officials have not given a timeline for it to reopen.

Highway 1 through the canyon is now open between the Boothroyd First Nation and Hope, providing the communities of Yale, Supzzum and Boston Bar a direct link to the Lower Mainalnd.

It is for essential travel only.

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

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B.C.’s Coquihalla Highway seen from the air shows extent of the damage – Nov 16, 2021

The Coquihalla Highway, Highway 5 remains closed from Hope to Merritt.

About 20 sites along the highway, which is the main highway connecting the Lower Mainland and the Interior, were damaged or washed away during the storm.

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This is about 130 kilometres that have been affected. Five bridges have either collapsed or heavily damaged.

There are currently three sites along the highway where crews are blasting rocks and the government is mobilizing equipment to another two sites.

The highway between Spences Bridge and Boston Bar remains closed. Temporary repairs are underway and it is expected to be weeks before that area can open.

Highway 8 from Merritt to Spences Bridge is closed and still undergoing an assessment. The ministry said there is extensive damage and no timeline to reopen.

Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet was closed on Saturday as a precautionary measure due to heavy rain. It has now reopened between Lillooet and Pemberton to essential travel only with a weight restriction in place of 14,500 kilograms.

Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton was closed on Saturday as a precautionary measure due to heavy rain. It has snow reopened from Hope to Princeton.

All routes on Vancouver Island are now open and the sinkhole on Highway 19 was repaired on the weekend.

CP Rail has resumed traffic from the Interior to the Lower Mainland.

CN Rail has also resumed some traffic.

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