Manitoba Daily

Monday, December 6, 2021

Fuel and non-essential travel are prohibited in a flood-affected Canadian province

Key takeaways:

  • Farnworth said that the province was working with the federal government to find other means to import fuel.
  • To help avoid supply chain disruptions, British Columbia has imposed temporary restrictions on fuel and non-essential travel.

On Friday, British Columbia announced temporary limitations on fuel and non-essential travel to help reduce supply chain disruptions and boost recovery efforts after floods and mudslides in the western Canadian province devastated highways, homes and left thousands stranded.

Deputy Premier Mike Farnworth issued the instructions in a press conference, limiting consumers in some places, including Vancouver Island, to 30 litres (7.9 gallons) of fuel per visit to a petrol station until December 1. Non-essential traffic on severely impacted highways will be forbidden as well.

“These orders will assist in keeping commercial traffic moving, stabilising our supply lines, and ensuring that everyone gets home safely,” Farnworth added.

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The storms, which began on Sunday, forced the suspension of the Trans Mountain pipeline and disrupted the delivery of fuel and products by cutting two vital east-west train lines controlled by Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway Co that run to Canada’s main port, Vancouver.

Farnworth added that the province was working with the federal government to find other means to import fuel, such as via truck and barge from the United States or nearby Alberta.

The flood-ravaged province received some excellent news only hours before the limits were announced when CP declared that efforts to rebuild damaged infrastructure would continue nonstop and service would be restored by the middle of next week.

“We presently estimate service will be restored mid-week, barring any unforeseen complications,” spokesperson Salem Woodrow stated in an email.

Flood-hit Canadian province limits fuel, non-essential travel

The Trans Mountain pipeline, which transports up to 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta to the Pacific coast, said it was “optimistic” that it would be operational by the end of next week.

CN stated that it was making headway in restoring its impacted rail network in British Columbia but that the work would last at least another week.

The event is expected to be the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history.

Exporters of commodities have been trying to redirect shipments away from Vancouver due to the railway shutdowns, underscoring the vulnerability of Canada’s supply lines to climate change.

In the city of Abbotsford, east of Vancouver, water pumps are still running nonstop. Officials have warned that if they fail, all 160,000 residents may be forced to leave.

On Friday, Bruce Banman, a member of the provincial legislature representing the area, examined the damage from a helicopter and estimated that approximately half of the agriculture-rich Sumas grassland is still underwater.

He described the damage as “severe” and “catastrophic.” “It’s a painful sight to behold. Yet, farmers are still attempting to preserve their livestock.”

He estimated that infrastructure repairs alone would cost more than C$1 billion ($790 million), not including crop losses.

Source: U.S, News

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