Flooding in British Columbia and the impact to logistics

Flooding in British Columbia and the impact on logistics

In the Upper Northwest [North America], rail connects the USA Midwest to Asia via the main ports of Seattle/Tacoma, Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

This time of year we prepare for snow and ice to slow the supply chain since there are mountains and valleys to cross.

2021 will be an interesting one as once a century type events occur. Monday 15NOV2021, British Columbia had rains of up to 12 inches (300 mm) cause flooding and mud slides with road washouts and debris. Residents in the area should follow government website for updates.

YouTube Channel “Pilot Yellow” takes us on a tour from Abbotsford to Hope,BC to rescue stranded travelers and shares the aerial view (below).

Rail and highway closures will certainly disrupt the supply chain with no ETA for resumption of service. Re-routing to Seattle or Los Angeles is hardly a solution as they are already busting at the seams. Plan ahead! 

Statement: CP update on B.C. service interruption November 17, 2021 Calgary

CP’s operations between Spences Bridge and Falls Creek, B.C., remain suspended following heavy rains that have resulted in multiple track outages.

CP has deployed crews and equipment to the region, and CP engineering teams are working to repair the damaged rail corridor as quickly as possible where safe to do so.

There is no time estimate for when service will resume.

CP is working closely with authorities, including the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, in our response to the situation. The safety of our employees and the public remains our priority.