When severe flooding caused by heavy rains wiped out several sections of highway and side road in Northern BC, crews and heavy equipment were quick to respond.
The Peace Region flooding began June 15, impacting 186 sites on six numbered highways (97 South, 2 at Dawson Creek, 29 South, 29 North, 52 North) and 40 side roads.
There was serious devastation to infrastructure, homes and other personal property.
But by noon on June 23, all six highways and 21 of the 40 side roads were reopened to at least single lane alternating traffic. Highway 97 South was the last highway to reopen, with crews working around-the-clock in the Pine Pass area west of Chetwynd. The photo above shows single lane alternating traffic starting to move at Commotion Creek, one of the hardest hit sections of road.
It can be difficult to visualize the scope of the damage and recovery without… well… visuals. So we thought we’d compile a few images from the Flickr album we continue to add to as repair work progresses.
This photo was probably the most widely shared in the initial stages of flooding because it shows the scope in a single frame – house, rail and road all impacted. The image was taken at Commotion Creek, 15 kilometres west of Chetwynd on Highway 97 South. A comment from TranBC’s Facebook page sheds light on the people directly impacted.
This is the same site at Commotion Creek, during reconstruction.
This photo shows two-way traffic with traffic control on Highway 2 at 8th Street in Dawson Creek, as machines work to repair the area around a culvert that washed out. We expect all four lanes to be open to traffic early the week of June 27.
Crews are using survey drones and truck mounted 3D modeling units to capture overhead visuals of the scope and impact of flooding, which is a big help to recovery efforts.
Light towers mean crews can work around the clock to accelerate recovery and opening times.
This photo shows a lineup of dump trucks on Highway 97 South near Commotion Creek, waiting to drop material off so it can be packed and built up. Nearly 200 pieces of equipment (192 total), and counting, are actively repairing sites throughout the South Peace area. Crews are pulling materials from 11 pits in the Peace area for repair works. As of June 21, we had moved more than 26,500 cubic metres of material into various sites around Dawson Creek and Chetwynd, hauled by roughly 10 rock trucks and 38 gravel trucks.
We’ll continue to update you as repairs progress. Remember, your go-to resources are: