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Floods cut rail access to Vancouver port, disrupting goods shipments By Reuters

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© Reuters. An aerial view exhibits a washed out bridge on the Coquihalla Highway as a flood sweeps by means of, close to Carolin Mine Road, British Columbia, Canada, November 15, 2021. B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure/Handout through REUTERS

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By Artur Gajda and Rod Nickel

MERRITT, British Columbia (Reuters) -The port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest, stated on Tuesday that every one rail access had been cut by floods and landslides additional to the east, hitting shipments of grain, coal and potash.

Two days of torrential rain within the Pacific province of British Columbia brought about main flooding and shut rail routes operated by Canadian Pacific (NYSE:) Rail and Canadian National Railway (TSX:), the nation’s two largest rail firms.

“All rail service coming to and from the Port of Vancouver is halted because of flooding in the British Columbia interior,” stated port spokesperson Matti Polychronis.

The Globe and Mail newspaper stated a mudslide had swept automobiles off the street close to Pemberton, some 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the northeast of Vancouver, killing an unspecified variety of folks.

“There were some fatalities that were discovered,” it reported, citing native search and rescue supervisor David MacKenzie as saying.

MacKenzie and British Columbia police didn’t instantly reply to Reuters requests for remark.

The floods have additionally closed quite a few highways, together with all primary routes to Vancouver, she stated. Provincial authorities are due to temporary media at 6:30 p.m. EST (2330 GMT).

Vancouver’s port strikes C$550 million ($440 million) value of cargo every day, starting from cars and containerized completed goods to important commodities.

The floods quickly shut down a lot of the motion of wheat and canola from Canada, one of many world’s largest grain exporters. This is generally a busy time for trains to haul grain to the port following the harvest. This 12 months, drought has sharply diminished the scale of Canada’s crops.

Smaller crops imply {that a} rail disruption lasting a number of days might not create a major backlog, stated a grain trade supply.

Del Dosdall, senior export supervisor at grain handler Parrish & Heimbecker, stated he anticipated some rail service may very well be working by the weekend, though one other trade supply stated he anticipated the shutdown to final weeks.

Floods have additionally hampered pipelines.

Enbridge (NYSE:) Inc shut a phase of a British Columbia pipeline as a precaution.

The storms additionally pressured the closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which takes up to 300,000 barrels per day of from Alberta to the Pacific Coast.

and coal miner Teck Resources (NYSE:) Limited stated the floods had disrupted motion of its commodities to its export terminals, whereas potash exporter Canpotex Ltd stated it was on the lookout for alternate options to transfer the crop nutrient abroad.

EVACUATIONS AND RESCUE MISSIONS

Directly to the south of British Columbia, in Washington state, heavy rains pressured evacuations and cut off electrical energy for over 150,000 households on Monday. The U.S. National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a flash flood in Mount Vernon, Washington, “due to the potential for a levee failure.”

Some areas of British Columbia obtained 8 inches (20 cm) of rain on Sunday, the quantity that often falls in a month.

Authorities in Merritt, some 120 miles (200 km) northeast of Vancouver, ordered all 8,000 residents to depart on Monday as river waters rose rapidly, however some had been nonetheless trapped of their properties on Tuesday, stated metropolis spokesman Greg Lowis.

Snow blanketed the city on Tuesday and a few automobiles may very well be seen floating within the flood waters, which in some components had been nonetheless 4 ft excessive.

The cities of Chilliwack and Abbotsford on Tuesday ordered partial evacuations.

Rescuers geared up with diggers and body-sniffing canine began dismantling giant mounds of particles which have choked highways.

The landslides and floods come lower than six months after a wildfires gutted a complete city, as temperatures within the province soared throughout a record-breaking warmth dome.

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