Category Archives: Weather

Travel advisory issued as British Columbia prepares for more heavy rain

VANCOUVER — Officials warned against non-essential travel Tuesday as the forecast called for heavy rainfall across swaths of southern and coastal British Columbia, including areas devastated by flooding and mudslides just a few weeks ago. Public Safety...

British Columbia extends gas rationing, state of emergency after floods

VICTORIA — Fuel rationing in parts of British Columbia was extended Monday for another two weeks until Dec. 14 to allow crews to bring the Trans Mountain pipeline back online after a series of devastating storms, floods and slides in

B.C. set to use Alert Ready system when next storm strikes in days ahead

VICTORIA — British Columbia is prepared to use a national emergency alert system ahead of what could be the most intense rainfall since a storm two weeks ago devastated communities and destroyed critical infrastructure, the government announced on Sund...

Ottawa and British Columbia promise co-operation on province’s flooding

VICTORIA — 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 Justi...

B.C. reopens major section of flood-damaged Trans-Canada Highway in Fraser Valley

VICTORIA — A major section of the Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia that was under floodwater since last week reopened Thursday, easing traffic congestion and helping connect the Lower Mainland to the province's Interior. Transportation Minister...

B.C. braces for storms as it is in ‘uncharted territory’: public safety minister

British Columbia remains in "uncharted territory" with a chain of storms set to sweep over areas of the province that are already struggling to recover from devastating flooding, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Wednesday.  Wind and rainfall ...

B.C. officials should have issued warning about weather: First Nations leader

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government didn't warn residents in flood-prone areas about the potential devastation of torrential rain that left hundreds of motorists stranded on severed highways hit by mudslides and caused at least four deaths, a Fi...

Gas rationed, travel restricted in parts of B.C. after storm washes out highways

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government is rationing gasoline and restricting travel in southern parts of the province after an unprecedented storm severed highways and cut supply lines.  Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Friday a limit of...

Essential access only on some B.C. highways but major infrastructure to be rebuilt

VANCOUVER — Limited access is slowly being restored to some British Columbia highways, but a state of emergency declared after widespread flooding in the southern region means the province may impose an order to prevent passage except for essential tra...

Evacuation train departed Hope, B.C., bound for Vancouver with 200 passengers

A late-night evacuation passenger train carrying about 200 people stranded for days by British Columbia's mudslides and floods left Hope for Vancouver Wednesday.  Jonathan Abecassis, a spokesman for Canadian National, said the emergency evacuation trai...