Vancouver cut off from rest of BC as extreme weather closes highways (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Nov 15 2021, 10:56 pm

There are more than half a dozen highway closures in parts of British Columbia, as torrential rain, flooding and mudslides continues across the province.

And Vancouver is now essentially cut off from the rest of the province.

To leave the Lower Mainland of BC, you would need to use Highway 99, Highway 1, or the Coquihalla.

But all those routes have now been shutdown.

Highway 99 is closed north of Lillooet, with no estimated time of reopening.

Highway 1 is closed in both directions between Agassiz to Spences Bridge, as well as Sicamous to Revelstoke. Issues include heavy rain, mudslide events, flooding, and “sudden debris flow.”

The Coquihalla Highway also remains closed between Hope and Merritt, due to a mudslide between Exit 202 and Exit 217.

Mudslides and flooding have also caused closures on Highway 3 at Sunshine Valley and east of Princeton.

In the Fraser Valley, Highway 7 is also closed between Maple Ridge and Hope, due to flooding between 240 Street and 272 Street for more than 6 km.

Highway 11 between Mission and Abbotsford is also closed due to flooding.

On Vancouver Island, Highway 1A in Cowichan Bay is also closed due to flooding.

Images and videos shared on social media detail the severity of the flooding and mudslides.

Updates on highway closures across the province and other major transportation-related events can be found on Drive BC’s website or Twitter.

Vincent PlanaVincent Plana

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