New storms arrive as British Columbia pushes to reopen transportation links
Transport links are reestablished to the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest maritime gateway, following dramatic floods that destroyed road, rail and pipeline arteries earlier this month.
Three of four freeways connecting Vancouver to domestic destinations have reopened for essential travel – Highway five remains closed, likely for a long time, badly destroyed by what local officials have described as the worst storm to hit British Columbia in a decade. century.
One of the rail links to / from Vancouver was re-established on Tuesday and a second reopened yesterday. Either way, speed and length restrictions will be in place for the foreseeable future, German carrier Hapag-Lloyd said in an update to customers.
CP Rail began accepting dry export traffic to Centerm, Vanterm and Deltaport terminals from all inland rail terminals. However, DP World’s Fraser Surrey port terminal is still not connected, while the Vancouver Intermodal Terminal (VIF) remains closed to traffic at the gate until further notice.
Meanwhile, CN Rail is making box shipments to the United States from Vancouver.
“Ship delays, increased congestion at yards and increased demand for moorings are expected to continue,” Hapag-Lloyd warned in an update yesterday.
British Columbia braces for more precipitation in the days and weeks to come as the province struggles to rebuild after unprecedented flooding earlier this month.