80mm: South Peace roads flooded, washed out

Roads are flooding and washing out throughout the Peace region, while a pair of roads are closed within Mile Zero due to flows early Monday morning.

Environment Canada says communities have recorded from 30 to 80mm so far from this storm. A low pressure system over northern Alberta will continue to bring heavy rain, with a further 15 to 20 mm forecast Monday before it ends.

"A long episode of rain, at times heavy, is expected. The ground, already near saturation, has little ability to absorb further rainfall," Environment Canada says.

"Given the wet antecedent conditions in the region this past month (including a similar weather system last weekend), the ground is already saturated in many areas. The prolonged moderate to heavy rainfall may result in higher overland runoff."

"Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Don't approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts."

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Reported South Taylor Hill sinkhole.

On the South Taylor Hill, a sinkhole has been reported and traffic is down to single-lane alternating.

A section of the Sweetwater Road near Matthews Centennial Park has washed out entirely, as have sections of road in Farmington.

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Farmington.

In Dawson Creek, 17th Street is closed between 102 and 108 Avenue, and 108 Avenue is also closed between Poplar Crescent and Chilton Subdivision due to water crossing the road. City officials note these areas will remain closed until water recedes.

“The recent volume of rain we have received has caused the sanitary system to reach its capacity at this time."

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Dawson Creek's 8th Street Culvert at 6am Monday. - Brown
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Kin Bowl Monday morning. - Brown

Roads around Dawson Creek are pooling, flooding, or washing away Sunday evening and into the Monday morning hours.

A low pressure storm system dropped the brunt of its might over the Hudson’s Hope area: the weather station there recorded 87.4mm, while the Graham forestry site recorded 88mm, Environment Canada said.

The storm was on the northwest side of the same weather system that pummelled Calgary over the weekend with 48.7mm of rain in a single hour, along with hail up to the size of tennis balls that destroyed cars and homes.

Another 10 to 20mm of rain is expected throughout the Peace today and tonight, before the storm tapers off toward Dease Lake and the southern Yukon into Tuesday. A remnant band of rain showers in the area will bring variable rain amounts between trace amounts to up to 10mm.

The weather is forecast to dry out Wednesday as a ridge of high pressure builds up over Vancouver Island and stretches northeast across the central interior of the province.

The forecast calls for sun and temperatures above 20 C from Wednesday to Sunday.

Several road closures and alerts have been reported by Drivebc.ca:

  • 212U. Washout between 261 and 265. Road closed.

  • 255 Shaffer. Washout between 97S and 208 30 km west of Dawson Creek. Road closed.

  • 251 Livingston. Bridge closed between 202 and 204 27 km west of Dawson Creek.

  • Highway 52 N (Heritage Highway). Water pooling between 204 Rd and Fullerton Rd (85 km north of Tumbler Ridge).

  • Highway 52 N (Heritage Highway). Water pooling between Fullerton Rd and 202 Rd (84 km north of Tumbler Ridge)

  • 237 Mason. Washout between 212 and 97 South 13 km west of Dawson Creek. Single lane alternating traffic. 

  • 229W. Bridge closed between 212 and 210X 5 km west of Dawson Creek.

  • 223L Loiselle. Washout between 97S and 210 1 km north of Dawson Creek. Road closed. 

  • 214. Washout at 243X Fraser. Road closed.

  • 216 Fraser. Washout between 243 and 241 18 km north of Dawson Creek. Road closed. 

  • 241X Vopicka. Washout between 218 and 216 18 km north of Dawson Creek. Road closed. 

  • 233T Hillcrest. Washout between 97N and 218. Road closed.

  • 6 Sweetwater. Washout between 239 W Miller and 235A Hanson 19 km north of Dawson Creek. Road closed.

  • Highway 29, in both directions. Flooding between Farrell Creek Bridge and Halfway River Bridge for 22.3 km (1 km north of Halfway Rest Area to 15 km north of Hudson's Hope). Single lane alternating traffic.

  • Highway 97. Washout between Pingel Creek Rd and Pingel Creek Rd (6 km south of Taylor). Single lane alternating traffic. 

  • Highway 97, in both directions. Flooding at Alcan Frtg (4 km north of Taylor). At the overpass between Ft St John and Taylor.

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Flooding in Dawson Creek.

A handful of bridge maintenance projects were slated to commence this week, which may also affect traffic:

- maintenance planned between 245 Rd and Orrin Powell Rd (22 km south of Taylor) starting Wed., Jun 17 will reduce the area to single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Maintenance is also scheduled for the Kiskatinaw Bridge this week.

- Bridge maintenance planned between Independent Rd and Siegert Rd (10 km north of British Columbia and Alberta Border on Highway 2 is slated to begin Monday Jun 15 - for maintenance of Tomslake Bridge. Maintenance of the Pouce River Bridge on Highway 49 is also slated for this week.

A travel advisory remains in effect at BC-Alberta border, as per COVID-19. Avoid non-essential travel.

Sandbags are available at several locations to help prevent flooding on properties:

  • Moberly Lake Fire Hall

  • Yips Subdivision

  • Compass Services (Dokie)

  • Iver Johnson Community Park

  • Tomslake Fire Hall

  • Tupper Community Hall

  • Halfway Graham Community Hall

Email your South Peace and Dawson Creek road reports and photos to editor@dcdn.ca

Email your North Peace and Fort St. John road reports and photos to editor@ahnfsj.ca

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Alaska Highway at the 261 Road. Facebook/Carol Lewry Diwell
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