Heavy rains that began over the weekend and have caused devastating flooding in communities across the Lower Mainland and Interior have also resulted in troubles around the Semiahmoo Peninsula this morning (Nov. 15).
At Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club, located at 1284 184 St., volunteers are doing what they can to deal with massive flooding that has submerged a sizable chunk of the property.
“We have people onsite dealing with what we can, but Mother Nature has taken over,” board president Diana Barkley told Peace Arch News at 9 a.m., sharing photos of the overflowing Little Campbell River.
Board member Don Pitcairn estimated there is around “a foot-and-a-half” of water on the property, and said salmon that would typically be heading up the river after a heavy rain can actually be seen spawning on the driveway.
“It’s pretty crazy here right now, that river is really flowing… you really can’t even access the hatchery right now,” he said.
Among road closures is a stretch of 16 Avenue west of 184 Street, and 192 Street, from Colebrook Road to 54 Avenue. As well, north of 16 Avenue, 168 Street is closed due to an exposed gas main.
In White Rock, Marine Drive is closed from Vidal Street to Oxford Street due to the rainfall, and city officials are asking residents to clear leaves and debris from catch basins by their properties. To report road-flooding, visit whiterockcity.ca/requestforservice or call 604-541-2181.
Fields including those at the South Surrey Athletic Park are also flooded.
Surrey RCMP said so far, there have fortunately been no major incidents associated with the weather, but for those who need to drive today, the message is to slow down.
“It looks like we do have some minor collisions and things like that, which is a good reminder that people need to slow down and drive for the conditions, because it is pretty severe weather conditions out there today,” said Cpl. Vanessa Munn.
“There’s a lot of flooded areas as well as a high risk of hydro-planing. Unfortunately, as this rain keeps up, it looks like things are only going to get worse for the time being. If you can stay home, stay home.”
More to come…
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