- Finding the perfect real Christmas tree this year may be more difficult and expensive.
This year, finding the right genuine Christmas tree may be more difficult and pricey.
Canada, the world’s leading exporter of natural Christmas trees, faces a scarcity that will almost certainly be worsened by catastrophic flooding in British Columbia, where some tree farms are submerged.
An atmospheric torrent dumped a month’s worth of rain on the Pacific province in two days, damaging roads and bridges and cutting off some villages from the rest of Canada.
Every year, Canada exports roughly 2.3 million Christmas trees, nearly all going to the United States.
Although British Columbia does not export cut Christmas trees, it is a major domestic provider.
Shortfalls in that region will have to be produced up for by supplies elsewhere, resulting in fewer Canadian trees for export.
“We can’t export them because all the roads are shut,” Arthur Loewen, whose tree farm in Chilliwack, east of Vancouver, has been flooded, explained.
“Until the water recedes, we’re virtually shut down.”
He described trees that had already been cut and wrapped for wholesale clients as being stacked on wood pallets and surrounded by water.
His self-serve Christmas tree fields, where customers select and cut their trees, are 75 per cent waterlogged.
Mr Loewen warned that if the floodwaters did not recede within a week, younger trees might be harmed, jeopardising future supplies.
By Thursday, the water levels had begun to recede (local time).
Source: ABC News
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