Areas of BC hit by recent atmospheric river flooding will not be hampered by strong snow forecasts, officials say.
After heavy rainfall, Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings in a number of areas, including Hope, Merritt and Princeton, that forecast six inches of snow. There are no flood monitors or warnings, and cooler temperatures could be beneficial, River Forecast and Flood Safety manager Andrew Giles told Black Press Media during a flood update on Friday (December 3).
“These cooler temperatures are helping to reduce inflow into some of these already affected river systems,” said Giles. “With the cooler temperatures we will see less melting of the snowpack in the middle to high elevations, and the persistent freezing temperatures inside BC will also help to lower the water level on the Fraser, which will allow the water to drain out of the Sumasian mountains faster. Prairie.”
Transport Secretary Rob Fleming said the heavy rains appear to be over and repairs and restorations are taking place.
“Very intensive work on protecting the usable infrastructure. Also the breaking of stones and the preparation for the repair work, the mobilization of material, the mobilization of companies for this work. So we are in the planning phase, how it will look with regard to the temporary access. “
Fleming said more information will follow shortly as the province conducts more technical assessments.
“We don’t have a cost right now, but in terms of restoring access to areas of Fraser Canyon, I can say we’ve worked with communities like Cook’s Ferry and the Shackan First Nations to maintain property … BC Hydro is on site to provide electricity to the houses that do not currently have electricity. So a lot is happening. “
Crews are at the scene of a rock fall on Highway 12 that blocked the Lytton-Lillooet road last night. It is estimated to reopen later today, Fleming said. Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet will remain closed from Wednesday evening due to a rock fall.
“Fortunately, all of the other tracks that are open in some way work fine,” said Fleming. “This includes Highway 3 east of Princeton, where the floods have now receded, so this route can run in both directions again.”
Highway 1 through the Lower Mainland reopened yesterday and traffic also appears to be moving efficiently, Fleming said.
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