Published on 20 November 2021 3:19 p.m.
Record precipitation hit southwestern British Columbia on Sunday and Monday.
MONTREAL (AFP) – Officials in flood-stricken western Canada on Friday announced travel and fuel restrictions as the region grapples with supply difficulties, the latest in a list of struggles caused by torrential rains.
Record-breaking precipitation hit southwestern British Columbia on Sunday and Monday, causing landslides and flooding that destroyed roads and infrastructure and forced the temporary closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
“We are asking people to limit their fuel consumption and vehicle travel at this time and are putting in place orders under the provincial state of emergency to support this,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Security. public of the province, during a press conference.
Individuals will no longer be able to purchase more than 30 liters (eight gallons) of fuel by going to the pump.
“We call on people not to pass through severely affected areas – for their own well-being, but also to ensure that the fuel we have is used for the services people need in this time of crisis,” he said. declared Farnworth.
“These measures will keep commercial traffic moving, stabilize our supply chains and ensure that everyone comes home safely,” he added.
Authorities are still looking for four missing people in the Pemberton area, where the body of a woman was discovered this week by rescue workers.
The army, mobilized since Wednesday, is working in several parts of the province to clear roads and build a new dike in the town of Abbotsford, which has been partially submerged and could be subject to further rains expected for next week.
About sixty soldiers arrived in the city on Thursday.
“Almost all the military bases in the country are ready to deploy if necessary,” Pamela Hogan, public affairs officer for the Canadian Armed Forces, told AFP.
“Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will assist the civil engineers who are responsible for the construction of the dike,” she said.
Heavy rains are expected again in the region next week.
Over the months, Canada’s Pacific coast has suffered repeated natural disasters, including extreme summer heat in late June that experts attributed to climate change, followed by massive forest fires.