Monday, December 13, 2021


Recovery efforts remain underway and work to repair damaged highways is still ongoing. Given the continued need for public safety measures under the Emergency Program Act the provincial State of Emergency has been extended until December 28th, 2021.

The order restricting non-essential travel on highways 3 and 99 remains in place. This includes Highway 3 from the junction with Highway 5 in Hope to the west entrance from the highway into Princeton and on Highway 99 the junction at Lillooet River Road to the BC Hydro Seton Lake Campsite access in Lillooet.

The order limiting the non-essential use of fuel will expire and no longer be in place at the end of the day on December 14th, 2021.

Additionally, Highway 11 in Abbotsford between Hazelwood Avenue and Clayburn Road is now open to commercial vehicle traffic to support the movement of goods and services between the Sumas border, Abbotsford, and Mission. However, both northbound lanes remain closed, and traffic is moving in the two southbound lanes using a single lane in each direction. Please drive with caution and continue to limit unnecessary travel in this area.

Flood recovery work is underway. Minister Bibeau, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and I have been meeting with farmers to hear about how the recent events have impacted farm operations, families, and livelihoods. We will continue to work with farmers and communities who are feeling these harsh impacts to provide the necessary support for a strong recovery and plan for the future. 

Officials are urgently working to complete a joint assessment and help producers with their extraordinary costs. Programming under AgriRecovery will roll out as soon as those assessments and program design are completed.

For more information on the Ministry of Agriculture's response to flooding click here. You can also call the helpline at 1-833-376-2452 for information on emergency and agricultural supports, mental health supports, and more.

Sincerely,


Thursday, December 9, 2021


A strong winter storm is forecasted to impact many parts of BC starting tomorrow and lasting until Sunday. We are expecting to experience high winds and heavy rain- with colder parts of the province facing snow.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare:

  • Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Dressing in layers with a wind and water-resistant outer layer provides flexibility for changing conditions.
  • Severe weather can cause power outages. Be prepared for up to one week by developing a household emergency plan and putting together an emergency kit.
  • If you come across a downed or damaged power line, assume it is live and a danger. Stay back at least 10 metres (the length of a bus) and call 911 immediately to report.
  • Drive for the conditions. There are fewer daylight hours, and blowing snow and rain can further reduce visibility.
  • Exercise extra caution when driving on wet and icy roads.
  • Drivers should keep an emergency kit in their car consisting of warm clothes, winter footwear, food and water, a shovel, a flashlight, and a fully charged cell phone for emergency calls.
  • B.C.’s winter tire regulations are in effect, make sure to have the proper tires on your vehicle.
For information on how to put together an emergency kit, click here. For the most up to date weather alerts check with Environment Canada.

There are also new updates regarding highway repairs:
  • Essential travel restrictions on Highway 7 between Hope and Mission have been lifted, helping us return to normal travel activities.
  • Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Hope has been fully reopened with 2 separated lanes in each direction. Please limit your non-essential travel on this portion of the highway to help support the movement of goods and services
  • Highways 16, 29, and 97 will experience intermittent overnight closures between December 9th and 13th to ensure the safe transport of large commercial vehicles with and vehicles with oversized cargo.

For the most up to date information on road closures visit drivebc.ca

Sincerely,


Monday, December 6, 2021


Disaster Financial Assistance has been expanded for folks effected by the flooding and mudslides from November 14th to December 2nd and now includes residents on Vancouver Island as well as the northwest, southwest, central, and southeast regions of the province. 

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available to homeowners, residential tenants, farmers, business owners, and charitable organizations who have suffered property damage for which insurance was not reasonably and readily available. Emergency Management BC will be accepting applications until March 3rd, 2022. If you have questions about DFA you can contact DFA@gov.bc.ca. 

In other news, over the weekend there were several updates regarding highway repairs, please see below.

  • The Malahat is now open to continuous two-way traffic for oversized vehicles,
  • Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet has reopened, and
  • Highway 11 in Abbotsford has reopened to single-lane traffic between Hazelwood Avenue and Clayburn Road for passenger and emergency vehicles.


For the latest updates on road conditions drivers should check drivebc.ca

Sincerely, 


Friday, December 3, 2021


Last night, I met with the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Minister Bibeau. Together, we hosted a roundtable with agricultural commodity groups from all sectors and regions across BC. This was one of many conversations we will be having with farmers, ranchers, producers and industry to listen to their concerns, needs and how we can best support them.

The federal and provincial governments have committed to work together, and are listening intently to farmers and producers so we can provide the support needed to help them get back on their feet and their farms back in production. This includes developing an AgriRecovery program that will be available in the weeks ahead, with its key focus on helping producers through the assessment, recovery and reconstruction phases, so we can get them working, and they can get back to producing the food that British Columbians count on.

Read more here.

Sincerely,


Thursday, December 2, 2021



I would like to provide you with some updates regarding highway closures and openings.
  • As of today, Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Hope will reopen. However, cleanup and repair efforts continue. Please do what you can to restrict your non-essential travel through the effected areas.
  • Unfortunately, due to a landslide Highway 99 has once again closed between Pemberton and Lillooet. No drivers were affected by the slide.
  • Finally, the Malahat will be subject to single-lane traffic overnight at parts of the highway where repairs are being done.

Sincerely,


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

 


Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet has now reopened to essential travel after closing overnight due to weather conditions.

Sections of Highway 99 are very steep and narrow. As such, vehicles travelling on this highway must have a gross vehicle weight of less than 14,500 kilograms. Vehicles must also be equipped with winter tires.

Sincerely,