BC Highway Conditions: Highway 1 and 5 are closed due to flooding, mudslides


Vancouver –

BC’s Ministry of Transportation says the two highways linking the Lower Mainland to the interior are experiencing “multiple closures, mudslides, rock debris and flooding” on Sunday.

The ministry’s DriveBC service recommends that people avoid unnecessary travel in affected areas.

“The conditions are dynamic and staff (who are) responding safely and as quickly as possible,” the agency said In the tweet.

By 3:15 pm, Highway 1 was closed in the Fraser Valley and four different locations along the Fraser Valley, with soil crashes, rock collapses and flooding listed as causes of the closure.

The service noted that this summer’s devastating wildfire season increased the risk of “sudden debris flow” in the fire-affected areas between the Spences Bridge and Litton on Highway 1.

The Coquihalla Highway suffered significant fire damage in the summer and was closed in both directions between Exit 202 and 217 at Jopkios Break Check, about eight kilometers south of the Great Bear Snowshed, according to DriveBC.

The video, shared with Castanet News, fills muddy water and debris in a set of lanes on Highway 5 and spills over to other lanes on a concrete barrier.

The agency recommends using Highway 3 as an alternative route and says there is no estimated time for reopening to Coquihalla.

Highway 1 closure photos shared by Castanet show large amounts of water spilling onto the highway east of Popcum Road

Most of the lower Mainland and much of the southern interior are under Sunday rain warnings. In the Fraser Valley, 80 millimeters of rain is forecast, with the Canadian environment warning that heavy rainfall “could lead to sudden flooding and water pooling on the roads.”

Precipitation forecasts are between 60 and 90 millimeters on the Coquihalla Highway, with the possibility of wet snow in the evening at the Coquihalla Summit.

According to Environment Canada, a river of atmospheric submergence is expected to continue through Monday afternoon.

The BC River Forecast Center issued flood clocks Sunday for the Fraser River and its tributaries in the Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon areas.

Rivers have risen rapidly with the pouring rain yesterday, the center’s announcement said.

“Additional rises are expected through Sunday in response to forecast rainfall today and heavy rainfall on Monday. Current modeling indicates flow potential in the 2-year to 5-year range.”



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