Emergency Info

Timely and behind the scenes information around incident response and events impacting travel.

What is a Freshet? Hint: It’s Not an Air Freshener

So, what is freshet? While it sounds like it could be a brand of scented cleaner or facial tissue, freshet is the snow melt that typically occurs from April to July, in B.C. Freshet can become a problem when winter snow packs melt rapidly, overwhelming stream channels and creating floods. Happily, freshet flooding can usually be forecast by monitoring snow packs and weather, and examining stream capacity data. In the event of a flood threat or actual flood, the...

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Emergency Preparedness Week is Every Day

A pile of rubble blocks the roadway, a mudslide cuts off access to a nearby highway, an earthquake crumbles the route you take to work… During Emergency Preparedness Week, you may be thinking about how such scenarios could affect your world. At the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, what some people consider an emergency is generally part of our regular business. Every day, we plan and take steps, knowing how critical the highway system is to British Columbians who...

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Are You Ready? It’s Emergency Preparedness Week

Are You Ready? It’s Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergencies happen, and being unprepared won’t make things any easier. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can really help and give you piece of mind. This week, May 1 to 7, is Emergency Preparedness Week and we want to make sure that you are in the know. Because of British Columbia’s mountains and coast lines, natural hazards such as avalanche, tsunami, earthquake, flood and landsides can happen. These hazards are obviously not in every part of the province...

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Avalanche Advisories: Know Before You Go

B.C. Avalanche Advisory Site January is always avalanche season in British Columbia, but this particular January has been a beast, the worst in thirty years in some locations. We’ve seen avalanches in places where they’re rare, like Pine Pass, as well as larger and more frequent avalanches in the established hazard areas. In one seven-day period, there were over 30 large avalanches in the Kicking Horse Canyon along the Trans-Canada Highway, after over a metre of heavy snow fell...

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