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Heavy rainfall brings out travel advisories in the Peace

Pooling water on a number of Peace Region highways
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Drive BC has issued travel advisories for some highways in the Peace. Heavy rain since Friday has resulted in large pools of water in some areas.

Saturday 11 pm update:

Continued rain Saturday evening has resulted in the flooding of several roads in both the North and South Peace.

Dawson Road Maintenance, based in Fort St. John, has provided the following road closures:

  • 262 Rd west of the Rose Prairie Road
  • 140 Road Stoddart Creek Road (washed out between the 254 Rd and Welch Road)
  • 273 Road (washed out 500 m south of the 254 Rd)
  • 250 Road
  • 656 Road (Lyndon Subdivision)

Argo Roads Maintenance, based in Dawson Creek, is reminding drivers that a travel advisory remains in place for the following roads:

  • BCHwy97 from just north of the Mackenzie Junction to 4 km south of Taylor BC,
  • BCHwy29 from Tumbler Ridge to the Peace River Bridge,
  • BCHwy2 from the Dawson Creek to the BC/Alberta border,
  • BCHwy49 from Dawson Creek to the BC/Alberta border,
  • BCHwy52N and BCHwy52E in the Tumbler Ridge area.

 


Original story:

With rain expected to continue into the overnight Saturday, and water beginning to pool on a number of Peace Region highways, Drive BC has decided to expand its list of travel advisories.

Included are: Hwy. 2 from Dawson Creek to the Alberta Border, Hwy. 49 from Dawson Creek to the Alberta border, highways 52N and 52E, Hwy. 97 from McLeod Lake through Chetwynd to Taylor, and Hwy. 29 from Hudson's Hope to Tumbler Ridge.

In each case, pooling water has been reported on each of the roadways.

A rainfall warning remains in place for the entire B.C. Peace with between 50 and 80 millimetres expected on the ground before it tapers off sometime overnight.

Wind gusts of 50 km/h are also being forecast, likely to impact driving conditions even more.

Several rural roads have already or are beginning to flood.

The added danger here: flowing water may have already washed away the surface.

Water levels, in some cases, may not drop until late tomorrow or even Monday.

Updated conditions on highways in the Peace can be found here.