Reid Road Closure and Wider Debris Flood Impacts

Nov 18, 2021
Affected Communities: 
Electoral Area C

Update November 19, 2021: 4:50 p.m.

Reid Road is open with temporary single-lane access.


UPDATE November 18, 2021: 3:10 p.m.

Due to being diverted to snowclearing, Miller Capilano will now be on site Friday for both the FSR grading, and Reid Road repair. Completion of both is still end of day Friday. 


UPDATE: November 18, 2021 1:10 p.m.

Miller Capilano is due on site today at Reid Road for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI), working on a temporary, one-lane access over Reid Road. The one-lane access is expected to be complete by the end of Friday, or earlier if possible.

Currently, Miller Capilano crews have been diverted for snowclearing, but are expected onsite later today. A complete repair with a new culvert will be done at a later date, once removal or mitigation options for the remaining debris upstream of the washout has been established.

A grader is on site today grading the McKenzie Basin Forest Service Road. Geotech assessment continues today.

  • Residents of the area in need of emergency support such as delivery of groceries can contact the SLRD office, at 604-894-6371 or toll-free 1-800-298-7753 to be connected with support.
  • Anyone requiring emergency support services can also contact the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Assistance line on 1-888-800-6493.

The SLRD will continue to update this notice and Facebook as more information becomes available.


UPDATE: November 17, 2021 7 p.m.

A geotechnical engineer will be in the Jason Creek area tomorrow, continuing their survey of the creek system in the Reid Road and Walkerville areas where damage has been observed.

The SLRD is working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD) and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) for urgent access improvements to the McKenzie Forest Service Road and Reid Road.

As there is still woody debris hung up in trees upstream of the washout, MoTI may do a temporary repair with the existing culvert to restore one lane of access for residents and emergency vehicles, then a permanent repair with a new culvert once some of the debris has been able to be removed. Upstream of the washout is tricky for heavy machinery access, and for worker safety as the creek continues to pose a risk of further debris flood. Restoring access as fast as possible for residents and egress for emergency vehicles is the priority. 

  • Residents of Reid Road in need of emergency support such as delivery of groceries can contact the SLRD office, at 604-894-6371 or toll-free 1-800-298-7753 to be connected with support.
  • Anyone requiring emergency support services can also contact the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Assistance line on 1-888-800-6493.

The SLRD will continue to post updates on the website and social media as information becomes available.


Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) contractor Miller Capilano has been onsite to remove remaining debris from the road and assess required repairs.

The washout created a trench about eight feet deep, and there is still a volume of water flowing through the trench. The road culvert may need to be replaced, based on the damage assessed today and MoTI will update the SLRD on this once confirmed.

Road closure signage is in place. Please avoid the area.

The SLRD has made an urgent request to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development 
(MFLNRORD) Sea to Sky Resource Office for work on the McKenzie Forest Service Road, to make it accessible for cars and emergency vehicles.

A geotechnical engineer will be onsite today (Wednesday) to conduct an initial assessment of the wider impacts from the atmospheric river event on the creek system, and the residual risk for additional debris flows and flooding. The recommendations that come out of that assessment will form the basis for next steps.

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has jurisdiction over the creek, is aware of the impacts, and may have staff on site tomorrow from their Compliance and Enforcement Branch to assess current status.

Further updates will be posted on the SLRD website and Facebook page, as information becomes available.

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