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BC Flooding Update #10

November 26, 2021 – Both CP and CN eastbound and westbound trains are transiting on CP’s mainline between Vancouver and Kamloops. Recent rainfall did not negatively impact the restored rail infrastructure. Low-speed restrictions remain in place and intermittent closures may occur to address repairs and ensure safe operations. CN anticipates the opening of their mainline late tonight, barring ongoing issues with water diversion.

Solution to Empty container situation in Vancouver

November 26, 2021 – The Government of Canada and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority are undertaking a joint initiative to provide additional container storage capacity to ease supply chain constraints and bottlenecks in the Lower Mainland areas exacerbated by extreme weather disruptions. The project includes preparation of a 40-acre site within the Fraser Richmond Industrial Lands for the temporary handling and storage of empty containers. Work to prepare the site for storage services and contract an operator will occur over the coming weeks. The site is expected to be used until service levels return to pre-flood conditions.

BC Flooding Update #9

November 25, 2021 – Increased precipitation across southwestern B.C. is forecast for the remainder of this week and over the weekend. Intermittent closures may occur on restored rail and road infrastructure to ensure safe transit. CP is implementing its operational plan to process the backlog of trains waiting to transit between Vancouver and Kamloops. Both CP and CN trains will operate on the restored line and transit in accordance with low-speed restrictions to enable monitoring of rail infrastructure. Intermittent closures to address repairs and ensure safe operations may occur. CN anticipates opening of their mainline within the next 24 hours. Both railways continue to monitor rainfall levels in the rail corridor and have plans in place for additional track patrols and monitoring.

BC Flooding Update #8

November 24, 2021 – The end of this crisis appears to be nearing. Four trains transited across CP’s mainline between Vancouver and Kamloops yesterday and most of these carried containerized cargo. Additional CP and CN trains will transit today. All trains are operating in accordance with low-speed restrictions to enable monitoring of rail infrastructure in recently repaired areas. Intermittent closures to address repairs and ensure safe operations may occur. CN anticipates the opening of their mainline on Thursday, November 25.

BC Flooding Update #7

November 23, 2021 – CP operated two trains on their mainline between Vancouver and Kamloops to enable engineering teams to perform full infrastructure inspections and undertake additional repairs. The restored line is anticipated to be open for the start of regular rail service later today, Tuesday, November 23. Both CP and CN trains will transit over the restored line and will operate with slow orders in place and additional track patrols. CN has revised their estimated opening of their mainline from Wednesday, November 24 to Thursday, November 25.

BC Flooding Update #6

November 22, 2021 – CN and CP crews and engineering teams continue to make significant progress clearing debris and undertaking repairs to damaged rail infrastructure between Kamloops and Vancouver. CP anticipates having its mainline operational by late Tuesday, November 23. CN expects to open their mainline on Wednesday, November 24. Rail service on restored lines will resume when it is safe to do so. The provincial state of emergency declared by the British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General remains in place. The state of emergency effective November 17, 2021 applies to the entire province of B.C. for an initial 14-day period and may be extended or rescinded as conditions require.

BC Flooding Update #5

November 21, 2021 – The Vancouver gateway continues to experience disrupted rail and truck movement due to widespread flooding throughout the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is working with our supply chain partners including railways and terminals, and lead agencies at various levels of government. As with everyone involved in the response to this situation,the current priorities are public safety and facilitating essential services. The provincial state of emergency declared by the B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General remains in place. The state of emergency effective November 17 applies to the entire province of B.C. for an initial 14-day period and may be extended or rescinded as conditions require. The state of emergency enables federal, provincial and local governments to allocate resources and deliver a coordinated response to protect the public.

Rail operations: CN and CP crews and engineering teams continue to clear debris and undertake repairs to damaged infrastructure between Kamloops and Vancouver. Although significant progress has been made in restoring multiple rail sections, access to some impacted locations continues to be hampered by safety and logistical challenges. CP advised on Sunday night that, barring any unforeseen issues, rail lines could be restored by Tuesday evening.

Truck operations: Trucks are operating under normal conditions at all four container terminals.

Marine operations: Anchorage demand is high and nearing capacity across all vessel types. Anchorages are assigned in a manner that ensures fluidity across all ship types and maintains essential services. Vessels in port can be viewed on the home page of the PortVan eHub app by selecting “Vessels in Port.”

Intermittent openings of one highway route are allowing some commercial vehicles to transit westbound from Hope towards Vancouver. Reconstruction and repairs on all major roadways from the B.C. interior continue.

BC Flooding Update #4

November 20, 2021 – CN Rail and CP Rail traffic through the Fraser Canyon remains closed and there is no ETA at this time for providing an estimate of when service will resume. However, we have received continuing reports that rail lines may be open within 2 weeks for essential rail traffic.

BC Flooding Update #3

November 19, 2021 – The provincial state of emergency declared by the British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General remains in place. The state of emergency effective November 17, 2021 applies to the entire province of B.C. for an initial 14-day period and may be extended or rescinded as conditions require. The state of emergency enables federal, provincial and local governments to allocate resources and deliver a coordinated response to protect the public. Evacuation orders for multiple communities remain in place in the flood stricken areas. CN and CP crews and engineering teams continue to clear debris and undertake repairs to damaged infrastructure between Kamloops and Vancouver. Although significant progress has been made in restoring multiple rail sections, access to some impacted locations continues to be hampered by safety and logistical challenges. CP advised that barring any unforeseen issues, rail lines could be restored mid-week. Rail operations will resume when it is safe to do so.

BC Flooding Update #2

November 18, 2021 – Rail lines between Kamloops and Vancouver remain closed as both CN and CP crews and engineering teams continue to clear debris and conduct repairs at multiple locations. A timeline for the resumption of rail operations to the west coast is currently unavailable. Vessel delays and heightened anchorage demand due to disrupted terminal operations are expected. Flooding impacts on highways remain severe and widespread throughout southwestern B.C. The intermittent opening of one highway route allowed some passenger traffic to flow out of the impacted areas towards Vancouver. All highways remain closed to non-essential traffic as work crews continue with reconstruction and repairs. Damage assessments of roadway infrastructure are ongoing. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed on any new developments as they arise.