Emergency Notice: Multiple impacts throughout SLRD due to heavy rain / rain on snow event - UPDATE

Nov 23, 2017
Affected Communities: 
Electoral Area A, Electoral Area B, Electoral Area C, Electoral Area D

Update: November 27, 2017

  • The Highline Road is now re-open between D'Arcy and Seton Portage. 

Update: 9am, November 24, 2017

SLRD Electoral Area A

  • Drive BC is reporting that Road 40 has reopened from Gold Bridge to 30 km west of Junction with Highway 99.

Update: 5pm, November 23, 2017

SLRD Electoral Areas A and B

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MoTI) estimates that Road 40 may be passable later tonight and priority work continues on clearing several rock and mudslides along that route. Follow drivebc.ca for updates. The creek impacts on the Highline Road at Six Mile Creek will be repaired in the coming days inlcuding culvert replacement. The Highline Road remains closed at this location but residents either side of the closure have alternate routes available. 

SLRD Electoral Area C   

The Lillooet River Forest Service Road is closed due to a creek blowout at 3 km (Wolverine Creek). The Hurley FSR also remains inaccessible due to the Lillooet River FSR closure at Wolverine Creek. 

Water levels in the Lillooet watershed are diminishing. However, a High Streamflow Advisory remains in place for the Sea-to-Sky including the Lillooet River and tributaries in the Whistler and Pemberton area

SLRD Electoral Area D

The Squamish River has receded sufficiently to allow access to the Upper Squamish Valley, and the Squamish Valley Road has been reopened. Work will continue to repair damage to the road caused by the event. 

BC Hydro is currently releasing water from the Daisy Lake Dam, and bank full conditions on the Cheakamus River persist in the upper Paradise Valley.

A High Streamflow Advisory remains in place for Howe Sound including the Stawamus River, Squamish River and tributaries in the Squamish area.

The SLRD will publish further updates as required. 

Original Post (9:30 am, Wednesday, November 23, 2017)

Please see below for a summary of the impacts experienced overnight due to heavy rain / rain on snow event. The SLRD will update this notice as conditions change and / or more information becomes available. Residents with immediate concerns are asked to contact:

Ryan Wainwright
SLRD Emergency Program Manager
Telephone: (604) 698-6442
Email: rwainwright@slrd.bc.ca

All provincial agencies and contractors with responsibility for the infrastructure noted below are aware and responding. In the event of an emergency, please phone 9-1-1. 

All impacted residents who are subscribed to the SLRD's free emergency notification service, SLRD Alert, have been alerted to these impacts. If you live in one of the SLRD's four electoral areas, and you haven't yet signed up, please visit www.slrd.bc.ca/SLRDAlert and register today!

SLRD Area A - Upper Bridge River Valley: roads closed by creek blowout, mud and rockslides

Area A is currently isolated by at least one substantial mud and rockslide at Hell Creek along Road 40. Road 40 is closed at the Lillooet junction. The Hurley Forest Service Road (FSR) is also inaccessible due to impacts at Wolverine Creek on the Lillooet River FSR and potential additional impacts along this road. 

  • Geotechnical assessment in progress on Road 40 - Follow Drive BC (Road 40) for updates.
  • The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development is currently conducting an assessment on the Lillooet River FSR.

SLRD Area B - Seton Portage / Tsal'alh: roads closed by creek blowout, mud and rockslides

Highline Road is closed between Seton and D'Arcy due to creek impacts across the road. Road 40 closed at Lillooet junction due to at least one substantial mud and rockslide at Hell Creek. Please avoid areas near stream banks and known areas of terrain instability. 

  • Assessments, including geotechnical assessments in progress on Road 40
  • Terrain stability assessment in progress at Seton Portage

SLRD Area C / Village of Pemberton - High streamflow advisory still in effect

The Lillooet River and its tributaries are being monitored closely by the Pemberton Valley Dyking District. There has been no reported structure damage.

SLRD Area D - Upper Squamish Valley: road closed by flooding

Squamish Valley Road is closed due to flooding at the Pilchuk Bridge until water recedes.





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