There is not much significant news to report regarding the restoration of rail and highway access following the widespread flooding that occurred in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions earlier this week. Nevertheless, members may wish to note the following:
- The expectation continues to be that some rail access may be restored by the middle of next week, although workers are still contending with active land and rock slides, as well as water flowing from higher elevations.
- Work is also continuing on restoring access to damaged and currently impassable highways. Members may wish to consult the News section of the BC Ministry of Tranpsortation’s website for updates on how highway work is progressing.
- Canadian and US Customs authorities today outlined new procedures for in-transit movements of domestic Canadian shipments moving through the US by truck in order to reach their Canadian destination, which is a positive step that will help re-establish critical supply chains to the province. Additional details about this development can be found in this communique from the Canadian Trucking Alliance.
- For its part, the Port of Vancouver reports that the Vancouver gateway continues to experience disrupted rail and truck movement, and that anchorage demand is high and nearing capacity across all vessel types. The port’s daily updates to stakeholders can be found at this LINK.
We will continue to provide members with information on the situation in B.C. as developments warrant and as information becomes available.