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.