Province extends gas rationing in state of emergency

Nov. 29 – The Province has extended gas rationing during the state of emergency until the end of the day on Dec. 14 under the Emergency Program Act. That extends a temporary measure to prioritize fuel for essential vehicles and the provincial state of emergency. That limits non-essential vehicles to 30 litres of fuel (gas and diesel) per trip to a gas station until Dec. 14.

Major Interior highways reopen with limits

Nov. 29 – Highway 3 and Highway 99 were reopened Monday. Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton is open for essential travel only. Due to ongoing cleanup and repairs, drivers can expect delays on this section of Highway 3.

Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet is open for essential travel only. Vehicle weight restrictions are also in place. Only vehicles with a licensed gross vehicle weight under 14,500 kilograms are permitted on this section of Highway 99.

Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack remains closed.

Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act. For a list of essential purposes for travel, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/floodresponse

Monday, Nov. 29

Nov. 29 MORE RAIN ON THE WAY - A new atmospheric river weather system is expected to bring heavy rain over the next few days in specific areas of Vancouver Island. A prolonged period of heavy rain is forecast to hit the Island starting tonight and lasting through Wednesday. It will dump heavy rain on the Central Coast, North Vancouver Island and West Vancouver Island, specifically areas north of Tofino including Zeballos and Tahsis with a total between 100 to 200mm during the prolonged period. 

ARMY TO THE RESCUE IN NORTH COWICHAN - Military members from CFB Edmonton joined forces with North Cowichan residents on Sunday, building walls against the water. Thirty one members of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment out of CFB Edmonton rushed to sandbag on the Halalt First Nation. They worked hard protecting house to house, and street after street that was devastated by flooding two weeks ago, from more flood waters. MORE

THE TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY in the Fraser Valley was closed at 5 p.m. Sunday due to the threat of flooding. The Ministry of Transportation said the highway would be closed between Exit 90 (McCallum Road) and Exit 109 (Yale Road in Chilliwack). Highway 1 in Abbotsford was closed for several days after the last major flooding event earlier this month. Heavy rain from B.C.'s latest atmospheric river caused flooding on several highways Sunday morning and triggered another landslide on Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon. While there have been no major slides or washouts during this weekend's storm, Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said each of the highways that were pre-emptively closed on Saturday have been impacted by the weather.  MORE

HEADLINES

Abbotsford orders further flood evacuations

Mayor Henry Braun

Abbotsford has issued an evacuation order for the Huntingdon Village area due to “immediate danger to life safety." Emergency crews are in the evacuation area connecting with people directly and supporting the evacuation.

Sumas Prairie remains under a previous evacuation order from earlier flooding. Mayor Henry Braun said 120 mm of rain was expected by this morning. Floodwaters from the Nooksack River in Washington state were also expected to cross into the west side of Sumas Prairie near Huntingdon Village Sunday.

On Saturday, soldiers built a sandbag wall in the Huntingdon area to stop water from flowing over a railway line and into homes. FULL STORY

Sumas livestock devastation is mind bogling

Delta South MLA Ian Paton described what he saw during a recent helicopter tour of Abbotsford and the extensive flooding in Sumas Prairie. Paton, the Liberal agriculture critic, also took another helicopter tour Tuesday with Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and other officials. An estimated 100,000 birds and many thousands of hogs and other animals were also lost. The BC Dairy Association estimates that at least 500 cows were killed after last week's powerful atmospheric river brought torrential rain and flooding. MORE

Red Cross opens online link for weather victims

The Red Cross has opened an online portal for British Columbians affected by extreme weather, flooding and landslides. The new online disaster assistance portal can be accessed at www.redcross.ca.
Locations where people can register in person are also listed on the site, or people can register by phone at 1-800-863-6582 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Flood watches issued for Vancouver Island

The B.C. River Forecast Centre has upgraded its high streamflow advisories to flood watches in the south, east, central and west regions of Vancouver Island. 

The Island’s north region remains under a high streamflow advisory. Environment Canada rainfall warnings are in effect for the east coast of the Island from Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay, with 50-70 millimetres of precipitation expected. The Regional District of Nanaimo advises residents in low-lying areas to take precautions, including implementing their personal preparedness plans early and moving to higher ground.

Saaturday, Nov. 27

ARMED FORCES MEMBERS ARE hard at work in Princeton, as the town prepares for more rain and water. Their task in Princeton is to reinforce the dike and make sure the second storm that’s coming doesn’t damage homes. They are also reinforcing some of the local, important infrastructure, said Lt. Ekam Uppal, a Forces member. More than 60 armed forces members are in Princeton, filling thousands of sandbags. MORE.

POWER OUTAGES IN NORTH ISLAND - More than 1,200 BC Hydro customers are without power on northern Vancouver Island as high winds and another atmospheric river hit the region. In Alert Bay and Port McNeill, 1,252 customers northeast of the Island Highway were without power due to a wire down.

RED ALERT ISSUED – An extraordinary amount of rain has saturated the ground prompting Environment Canada to issue an unprecedented "red alert" for parts of the province already devastated by the previous storm. Warning preparedness meteorologist Armel Castellan said some weather stations - including those in Victoria, Vancouver and Abbotsford - have recorded their wettest-ever fall seasons. This summer's drought and wildfires - as well as changes on the ground caused by previous wildfire seasons - have exacerbated conditions, he added. That extra moisture could come from melting snow as two more atmospheric rivers bring warm tropical air to the province over the coming days. MORE 

HIGHWAYS CLOSING TODAY – The B.C. government has announced it is "proactively closing" parts of Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday as the province braces for the next atmospheric river. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said the closures will impact Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton, Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet, and Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon. The exact time and duration of closures will depend on the weather. MORE 

OTTAWA AND BC CO-OPERATING ON FLOOD RELIEF – The federal and British Columbia governments have created a joint committee of cabinet ministers to deal with the devastation caused by flooding, while also promising to match donations given to the Canadian Red Cross. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan made the announcements Friday night after meeting about the flooding situation. Horgan said a specific request for federal funding on the rebuild wasn't made by B.C. because it is premature. Trudeau said Ottawa will help to recover and prepare for climate change. MORE

MANY HOMES COULD BE UNINSURABLE – Many homeowners are unprepared for flooding because they lack critical information, thanks to murky real estate rules, incomplete floodplain maps and an insurance industry pulling back from high-risk areas, an investigation by CBC Marketplace has found. The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates that anywhere from six to 10 per cent of Canadian homes are uninsurable due to flooding and that estimate could go up as more insurance companies update their risk assessments. FULL STORY

DAMAGE IN THE MILLIONS – The road to recovery for B.C. farmers will be long and expensive, says the president of B.C. Agriculture Council. Stan Vanderwaal says it's in terms of hundreds of millions of dollars of damage of the devastation caused by recent catastrophic flooding, especially in the agricultural area of the Fraser Valley. MORE

WEATHER WARNING FOR WEST VANCOUVER ISLAND – Environment Canada advises West Vancouver Island residents to prepare for more heavy rain this weekend. Another front is expected to approach the coast on Saturday morning, lasting through Sunday evening. Nearly 100 mm (four inches) of rain is expected to fall over the weekend as part of this front. MORE

B.C. floods are not a climate change issue

B.C. historian Chad Reimer’s 2018 book, Before We Lost the Lake: A Natural and Human History of Sumas Valley, makes it abundantly clear that the massive flooding that has devastated one of Canada’s most important farm and transportation regions should have come as no surprise. MORE

 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will tour areas affected by flooding and meet with provincial, civic and First Nation leaders. Trudeau’s schedule says he will be in the Abbotsford area Friday and will also meet with members of the military, first responders and volunteers. He is to be in Victoria later in the day to meet with Premier John Horgan.

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun is keeping a close eye on the Nooksack River in Washington state over the next few days, as the heavy downpour of another atmospheric river begins. Flooding in the Nooksack River poured into B.C. last week, resulting in the worst flooding the Sumas Prairie region has ever seen. He said in 1990, it took 16 hours for floodwater from the Nooksack to arrive at the U.S. and Canada border. This time, it was 13 hours, he told a news conference. Braun said he doesn’t know how much more the existing system will take and expects a call from the mayor of Sumas the moment its sirens go off for flooding. MORE

The provincial government has issued a tentative timeline for when sections of the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt will be reopened. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said  if all goes according to plan, the province hopes to complete temporary repairs to allow Highway 5 to reopen by late January. Fleming said the province is reasonably optimistic that enough repairs can be completed to allow commercial traffic on the highway in about two months. MORE

Some residents who lived along Highway 8 between Merritt and Spences Bridge will likely not be able to go home for years, says the area's regional director. Steven Rice says most residents had to leave their homes in an instant last week with just the clothes on their back as parts of the highway were swallowed by the Nicola River. Some residents who are lucky to still be at home have no TV, no internet, and very little cell coverage. “The stories…each home, each resident has a different tragic story. Some worse than others and its just…It is beyond anyone’s imagination,” he said. “You can’t make this stuff up. It is a reality.” MORE

Power outages, cancelled ferries due to latest storm

More than 6,000 B.C. Hydro customers were without power on Vancouver Island this morning as the first of several storms swept along B.C.'s coast. Strong winds also cancelled some BC Ferries sailings. Several routes along Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Southern Gulf Islands were cancelled due to strong winds. While many of the power outages were still under investigation, BC Hydro said some had been caused by trees falling across wires.

The full list of cancelled sailings can be found here.

Thursday, Nov. 25

There’s good news for some drivers who use Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said Wednesday that crews are hoping to open Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley today. Critical temporary repairs are complete and water levels continue to recede. The opening will be contingent on the weather, he added, as the ground is already saturated. MORE

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for the mid-Island area. A strong front will produce strong southeasterly winds around 70 kmh, gusting to 90 kmh. “Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break,” says the warning for Vancouver Island from Nanoose Bay to Campbell River, and on the Sunshine Coast from Slatery Bay to Powell River. MORE

A large loaded container vessel broke free of its moorings and ran aground in Prince Rupert harbour on Wednesday. The Canadian Coast Guard Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said strong winds caused the container vessel MSC Altair to break its lines from its berth at Fairview Container Terminal. The the ship ran aground on the eastern side of Digby Island. Initial reports indicate no significant damage to the vessel, and no injuries. MORE

Residents who live along a devastated highway in the Southern Interior face a long, cold winter and an uncertain future, as they grapple with the fallout of the floods that ravaged their valley last week. Aerial footage of the 69-kilometre Highway 8 connecting Merritt and Spences Bridge is shocking. In many places the road is simply gone, washed away by a surging Nicola River. BC Hydro says it lost 75 power poles and 14 transformers, while the province says four bridges and 18 sections of highway have been destroyed. MORE

Whistler Blackomb ski hills are open for the season even as the resort braces for more storms and potential supply chain crunches. As much as 20 centimetres of snow is expected atop the mountains for opening day. Wet snow in the Sea to Sky region north of Squamish will change to moderate to heavy rain before ending Thursday night, and it could impact already vulnerable landscapes and infrastructure. While snow conditions are favourable for skiers, ongoing flood challenges make it hard to predict how busy it will be. MORE

Abbotsford getting ready for another blast of rain

The race is on to protect the Abbotsford from even further flooding and officials say there still isn't an estimate on when a major highway will reopen.

Abbotsford’s mayor says repairs to the Sumas River dike are nearly complete, but a new rainfall warning has been issued for the Fraser Valley with two more atmospheric rivers in the forecast.

Mayor Henry Braun is assuring residents that city crews, police, fire and the military will be out in full force to monitor the situation closely.

State of highway openings remains ever changing

Highways connecting the Lower Mainland to the rest of B.C. have faced flooding, landslides and in some cases, complete washouts since a historic storm hit the province Nov. 14. The state of highways in B.C. remains ever changing as new slides are discovered and other highways are reopened following cleanup. Here's a look at the state of B.C.'s highways as of Tuesday. MORE

Three more major storms are on the way to B.C.

Less than two weeks after a parade of storms caused widespread flooding and damage across southern B.C., another round is slated to pass through. Environment Canada is tracking three storms forecast over the next seven to nine days, beginning today. Following an initial hit on Wednesday and Thursday, the region will see a small break before a second storm over the weekend. A third one is forecast near the start of December. Nanaimo and parts of the central Island could see 120 millimetres of rain between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1. MORE

Flooding evacuees to get additional financial support

Mike Farnworth

 The Province is teaming up with the Canadian Red Cross to provide additional financial assistance to help people meet the immediate needs associated with being evacuated due to flooding.

Financial assistance will be provided by the Red Cross to people whose primary residences have been placed on evacuation orders due to the flooding and extreme weather event that occurred Nov. 14-16, 2021. Eligible households will receive $2,000.

To access these supports, evacuated British Columbians need to register with the Red Cross by calling 1 800 863-6582, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Red Cross works with the Province, local authorities and Indigenous leadership to help all people and communities affected by extreme weather and flooding in British Columbia. MORE

Tuesday 

The BC Dairy Association says a preliminary assessment has found that about 500 cattle have died because of flooding in the Abbotsford and Yarrow areas. The association says that number could climb even higher. Of the approximately 23,000 cattle in the region, an estimated 6,000 have been moved out of the flood zone to other farms. MORE

Two more atmospheric rivers are headed to British Columbia this week, though neither is expected to be as intense as the one that triggered widespread flooding and landslides last week. Those atmospheric rivers, expected to arrive on the South Coast on Thursday and Saturday, are part of a "parade of storms" approaching as several communities remain flooded in the province's southwest. MORE 

The supply chain continues to hits bumps in the road. Chicken 649 is a Korean fried chicken spot in Victoria which shut down because it can’t get fresh chicken. MORE 

Highway 3 has reopened for goods movement and people travelling for essential purposes only following a closure to conduct a geotechnical assessment. Pavement cracking was observed on Highway 3 about 10 kilometres east of Manning Park Lodge. This was a site damaged in the recent storm. In the interest of safety, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure closed the highway to undertake a geotechnical assessment. MORE.

Monday

Crews are still cleaning up after a mudslide covered a road near Duncan. Debris continued to be trucked away from the mudslide site on Allenby Road. People living in a home above the mudslide were evacuated for several days during the severe rainstorm last week. They are now home, but have been warned that they may need to leave at a moment's notice if heavy rains return. MORE

Some residents can return to their homes in Abbotsford now that evacuation orders have been rescinded for some properties. That applies to properties north of Highway 1 between Sumas Way and Whatcom Road, along with businesses east of Whatcom Road, said Mayor Henry Braun. They can return, but must remain cautious as the area remains under an evacuation alert. “I know people are eager to return to their homes and businesses, however, of the top importance is that we ensure they can do so as safely as possible,” Braun said in a news update. MORE

The company that owns the Trans Mountain pipeline says it remains optimistic the pipeline could be restarted by the end of the week. Trans Mountain Corp. says it has 350 people working around the clock to restart the pipeline, which has been shut down as a precaution since Nov. 14 due to the flooding in British Columbia. Crews hiked or were airlifted into areas where there is still no road access to inspect the pipe. MORE

The mayor of Merritt says some evacuated residents will be able to return home in the coming days. Mayor Linda Brown posted on social media that the municipality has completed its rapid damage assessments. All properties have received a placard indicating red, yellow or green status. Bringing residents home is the first priority and that will  bring some home in the next few days. MORE

Canadian Pacific Rail is cautiously optimistic operations will restart in British Columbia by tonight.  B.C. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming told reporters on Monday the company is making tremendous progress on repairing track. “That will connect us right through to the Alberta border and with the rest of Canada. This would be a very important and welcome development for goods movement for our country and we will update on the status of those track repairs,” Fleming said. MORE

Sunday
Another atmospheric river is bearing down
 on British Columbia, triggering new concerns about rain and possible flooding on both the North and South Coasts. Environment Canada has issued winter storm, wind and rain warnings, along with special weather statements for Haida Gwaii and the North and Central Coasts as the system brings tropical moisture to the area. By Sunday afternoon, 40 to 50 millimetres of rain had already fallen in the Kitimat area, with another 20 to 30 millimetres in the forecast. Inland parts of the North Coast, and Stewart, B.C., in particular, were facing a more wintery situation and up to 30 centimetres of snow had fallen by late Sunday. MORE

The B.C. Ministry of Health warns people who use private wells to check for contamination after the recent flooding. Those wells may be at risk of contamination. "Those who own or are responsible for a private drinking-water well that has been affected by flooding, need to assess their well and take action to protect the people who use water from the well, said the statement from the ministry. MORE

Around-the-clock work has improved the flooding situation in Abbotsford nearly a week after extreme weather covered farm fields in water, forced evacuations and caused the deaths of livestock. Mayor Henry Braun said that just before 2 a.m. Saturday, flood gates at a pump station that has struggled to keep up with the inflow of water in Sumas Prairie were able to partially reopen. It has allowed excess water from the Sumas River to flow into the Fraser River. Braun said the development has had a dramatic impact on surrounding farms that have been covered in water for days. MORE

Road crews have opened a second highway corridor between the Lower Mainland and the interior, in the wake of devastating flooding and landslides. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming told a new conference Saturday that crews are still working to repair Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet, but that it was safe enough for passenger vehicles on essential travel only. “We are able, while that work is continuing, to open that highway now,” Fleming said.

The Health Ministry warns people who use private wells to check for contamination after the recent flooding. Those wells may be at risk of contamination. "Those who own or are responsible for a private drinking-water well that has been affected by flooding, need to assess their well and take action to protect the people who use water from the well, said the statement from the ministry. MORE

Saturday
The bodies of three missing men
were found during a search at a landslide on Highway 99 while one person remains missing. Police say they have been searching the area at the Duffy Lake landslide south of Lillooet for the last couple of days with Emergency Management BC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, BC Coroners Service and Pemberton and Lillooet Search and Rescue Teams. They say the bodies were found and recovered yesterday, however, one person is still missing. MORE

The sinkhole has been filled and the Island Highway at Superior Road has reopened.

Earlier Report – Repair work continues on the Island Highway at Superior Road in Lantzville where a sinkhole opened Thursday. The highway remains closed in both directions and traffic is being rerouted through Lantzville. The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure stated that excavation and repair work is expected to be completed by this evening. For more information, to DRIVE BC.

The Malahat Highway at Tunnel Hill has reopened to two-way traffic. Construction conditions, including no median barrier, narrow lanes, limited shoulder widths and reduced speed zones. Additional repairs will continue over the coming months. Drivers can expect active construction equipment with some single-lane alternating traffic and intermittent closures as construction warrants.

The provincial government is rationing gasoline, effective immediately, and is restricting travel on several storm-impacted highways. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said the new measures are necessary to ensure the movement of essential people, goods and services as the province continues dealing with the flooding, mudslides and other impacts of this week's historic weather event. The orders limit the amount of fuel purchases by the public in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sea to Sky corridor, and the Sunshine Coast to a maximum of 30 litres per visit at gas stations. Emergency and essential vehicles are not included in the order which is in effect until Dec. 1. MORE

The intense storm has amplified the role that pipelines play in keeping British Columbia operating. The storm from Sunday through Monday shutdown the Trans Mountain pipeline running from Alberta to Burnaby. It carries approximately 300,000 barrels of oil to the Westridge Marine Terminal per day. Landslides, flooding and washouts also struck every major route connecting the Lower Mainland to the rest of the province and country. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said B.C. has been working with the federal government to bring more fuel into the province in new ways, including by truck and barge from as far away as California. MORE

"Do not hoard items," Premier John Horgan warned on Wednesday, but many people are not taking heed. Local grocery stores have been the target of what can best  be described as hoarders, cleaning out meat and milk shelves at many stores on Vancouver Island. Quickly after the weekend's massive rainstorm and subsequent flooding and landslides, provincial officials assured the public that B.C.’s supply chain was bent, but not broken. "Particularly your day-to-day consumables, you're still going to get them,” said Dave Earl, president of B.C.’s Truckers Association. MORE

Friday, Nov. 19

Canadian Pacific Railway crews are working around the clock to repair damaged infrastructure on the CP corridor between Vancouver and Kamloops, with about 20 sections of track cleared or repaired so far. Since Sunday, the track outages have snarled the movement of goods to and from the country’s largest port in Vancouver, at the same time as crimped global supply chains prompt ongoing shortages. MORE

No glass recycling for now. Recycle BC has directed all collectors in BC to temporarily suspend glass collection through both curbside and depot collection programs effective Monday. A majority of glass from Vancouver Island is sent to processing plants in the Lower Mainland and with transportation corridors compromised due to road closures, these materials cannot be moved reliably from receiving facilities to end markets. MORE

RCMP are dealing with four missing persons connected to the mudslide that swept across a section of Highway 99, also known as the Duffey Lake Road, south of Lillooet on Nov. 15. The body of a woman recovered from the slide site earlier this week is so far the only confirmed fatality. RCMP expect the number to rise when they reach specific areas. The Duffey Lake slide is one of dozens of mudslides that took out major roads in southwestern British Columbia during extreme rain this past weekend. MORE

Thursday, Nov. 18

Disaster Financial Assistance is now available for eligible British Columbians in southwest, central and southeast areas of the province and Vancouver Island who were affected by flooding and landslides from Nov. 14-16. This assistance includes all Indigenous communities, electoral areas and municipalities within the geographic boundaries of these areas.  MORE 

Biggs Road Bridge closed – We may have escaped the more-severe impacts of flooding but surveys continue for damage to infrastructure City crews closed the Biggs Road bridge on Tuesday, after water levels rose to a point where additional stress was placed on the bridge joints. MORE 

Surrey's Sikh Dukh Nivaran Sahib Gurdwara volunteers are pulling out all the stops to make sure people stranded by washouts, mudslides and floods don't go hungry, even renting a helicopter to deliver meals and other supplies to impacted communities. Wednesday evening at the gurdwara, a steady stream of people arrived with boxes full of food, milk and even diapers. They are chartering a plane to go to Merritt and Kamloops,” said Narinder Singh Walia. MORE

Don't panic, gasoline is on the way. Fuel tanker trucks will travel over the Malahat highway into Greater Victoria today. Gas stations on the South Island have struggled with a supply crunch since the Malahat highway was damaged by flooding on Monday. Fifteen tanker trucks were mustering in Bamberton early this morning. MORE

The first contingent of Armed Forces members have arrived in British Columbia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised several hundred troops as the federal government moves to help the province recover from devastating floods. The Canadian Joint Operations Command says nine members of the Edmonton-based 3 Canadian Division Immediate Response Unit arrived in B.C. overnight to start scoping out the scene before planning and co-ordinating ongoing relief efforts in earnest. MORE 

Repairing the British Columbia highways washed out by flooding will be complicated by the scale of the damage, the terrain and the coming winter, building experts say. "It's unprecedented, the size and scope and the number of sites,'' said Joe Wrobel, the president of JPW Road and Bridge, a road-building company based in the north Okanagan area of B.C. Despite the extent of the damage, Wrobel, whose company is not directly involved in the repairs related to the flooding, said there are processes in place for emergency repairs, adding that the B.C. government has already drawn up lists of available contractors and equipment. MORE

People with essential medical appointments that require a trip over the Malahat should monitor travel advisories and plan for extra travel time in the event there are delays as a result of road repair work. So far, there are no major disruptions to Island Health’s health-care services. If this changes, people with booked appointments for medical care will be contacted to reschedule. More information will be shared if the situation changes. MORE 

People whose homes or properties sustained damage during this week’s major flooding may be eligible for financial assistance. Emergency Management BC has announced financial aid has been authorized for qualifying claimants that include homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies who are unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses. Information about Disaster Financial Assistance, the application form and other information for applicants is available on the DFA website at gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistanceMORE

911 is not an information line – E-Comm, which oversees emergency communication in B.C., reports the emergency communication centre on Vancouver Island is seeing an influx of 911 calls related to the highway closure through the Mahalat. They remind that 911 is for police, fire or medical emergencies when “immediate action is required” such as if someone’s health, safety or property is in jeopardy or a crime is in progress. MORE

Thousands of farm animals have died in the floods in southern B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said the government is rushing to get veterinarians to many more animals that are still trapped and in danger of dying. She has had heartbreaking social media conversations with farmers. In a news conference she described it as an agricultural disaster. Some farmers tried to move their animals by boat, but some had to be abandoned.