Port of Vancouver Rail Service Washed Out by Flooding in BC

Port of Vancouver Rail Service Washed Out by Flooding in BC

After days of torrential rains pounding the Pacific Northwest, the Port of Vancouver, Canada reports that rail service has been suspended due to flooding and washouts impacting the rail lines inland in British Columbia. It marks the second time this year that the port has had its rail service suspended due to natural disasters and comes as they are already struggling to keep up with the surge of cargo through the port.

The deviation from the rains has been widespread across Canada’s western province. So far, authorities report that they have recovered the body of one person that was killed in a mudslide while many others are feared missing or killed. One eyewitness said that at least 10 cars were swept off one of the major highways in British Columbia. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported only seven of the cars have been located while across the province thousands of people have been moved into temporary facilities due to the widespread flooding. BC’s Minister of Public Safety, Mike Farnworth, said in a briefing on Monday that they believed as many as 80 to 100 cars and trucks were trapped on another major highway in the province.

BC Transportation Tweeted out photos showing large sections of the earth washed away from under the rail tracks at various points across the province. Both Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway confirmed that they have been forced to suspend service in British Columbia due to damage to the tracks. They said they were no reports of injuries or losses on their systems, but due to the unsafe conditions had not yet been able to reach the damaged areas to begin to assess repairs.

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