The rain deluge wreaks havoc on B.C. roads
Rain and warmer temperatures have led to a crazy day on British Columbian drivers on Wednesday.
Mudslides and the threat of avalanches shut down several major routes from Vancouver Island to the North of the province, with the sudden spike in water and moisture creating unstable conditions in areas with steep terrain.
A mudslide near Hope closed the TransCanada Highway through the Fraser Canyon and another east of Hope blocked access to the Coquihalla Highway, just to name two.
Trucker Ross Andrinopoulos had a near miss at the Coquihalla Highway slide when what looked like a raging river of 4,000 to 5,000 cubic metres of water and debris came crashing down.
"It was a little scary...a lot scary. The rocks that came down were huge," he said.
Geotechnical engineer Bruce Hayden said the slide was initiated by an avalanche knocking down rocks and trees
Doug Wilson of the Ministry of Transport said they were almost certain that no one was covered by the mudslide as crews had looked through the debris.
With the Fraser Valley and Hope getting choke with rain until Thursday, the potential for slides and other dangers persist.
In Langley and other parts of the Fraser Valley, flooding was a problem that could worsen.
The Nicomekl River rose by 3.5 metres in just one day. Local residents were out sandbagging around their homes to avoid the river getting inside.
Roads and bridges were closed where authorities thought there would be a danger.
Surrey resident Fred Popowitch couldn't believe how fast his front yard became a lake.
"Luckily, we still have a canoe," he laughed.
The region expects to get another 70 mm. in the next 24 hours.
On Vancouver Island, Sooke was cut off from Victoria for much of the day when the Jordan River over ran local roads.
The water caused problems all over the Island. The northern community of Tashis was completely cut off by a mudslide of rock and snow
Meanwhile in Victoria, all the storms sewers reached capacity and were mixed up with sewage discharge.
In Vancouver, there was less rain than predicted, but home owners still had a difficult time with flooded basements and backed up storm drains.
"I probably could have worked about 40 hours straight, and we got a slew of guys who are probably doing about the same," said Rob Helminski, of Milani Plumbing Drainage and Heating.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Michele Brunoro, Jim Beatty, Julia Foy and St. John Alexander.