Atmospheric rivers continue to bombard British Columbia with heavy rain and winds and recently caused significant damage to infrastructure including bridges and highways.
The entire town of Merritt, B.C. was forced to evacuate and cities like Chilliwack and Abbotsford in the Fraser Valley saw extensive damage to both property and lines of transportation. The City of Vancouver’s supply lines were effectively cut off as all major highways into the area were briefly closed for repairs.
The local construction industry immediately got to work mitigating the damage and reinforcing infrastructure for the next bout of severe weather.
“This new state of emergency is proof again of how crucial B.C.’s construction industry is. Whatever the crisis, resilience and recovery always comes back to B.C.’s skilled tradespeople and contractors. And when the crisis has passed, we’ll remain a big part of the solution. Pandemic, flood, fire — construction is always in the thick of it,” British Columbia Construction Association president Chris Atchison said.