Hemmed In – A Soggy Update

The only road from our island to … well to anywhere, really, is now restricted to ‘essential services vehicles’, only … which doesn’t include people who might be trying to get to work/shops/etc except if they’re using public transport … which doesn’t run here on the island. Catch 22 anyone?

Thankfully we, in an abundance of caution, and paying attention to the weather forecasts, did an extra ‘top-up’ run to the shops the day the restriction was announced to start that evening at 8pm.

A teensy-bit more warning would’ve been useful.

The cause is obvious. Of the four main highways out of here, (the Lower Mainland) only one is open for business, intermittently, so ALL the freight that would’ve been transported across a total of ten lanes of various highways, is now rerouted through our town, (one lane of traffic each way) and onto the above-mentioned intermittent lane of highway … which caused a teensy-bit of congestion.

Our ‘top-up’ shop, a trip of half-an-hour, took two hours and two detours.

This video, posted yesterday (24th) gives you an idea of the current state of affairs …

… A lot of the water has receded, but everything, to the right of the highway at the beginning of the video to when the helicopter turns back west, was underwater up until a few days ago.

We’re on our second ‘atmospheric river’, and as I type it’s raining as though someone’s turned a tap on full-bore. Another one is due on Saturday, and a final one (at least for now) is due a few days after that.

Gas (petrol) rationing is still in effect, I don’t see it going away any time soon really.

And finally … cue this YouTube channel with some boots-on-the-ground video of the repairs to one of major washouts on the Coquihalla Highway, one of the afore-mentioned highways that isn’t open for business.

We’re both fine. I have moments when I’m not, but that’s OK, no-one can be fine all the time going through these times, even if she’s not flooded in.


38 comments on “Hemmed In – A Soggy Update

  1. Olga Godim says:

    Those videos are scary. I sit safely in my Vancouver apartment and no flood here, but the shelves in our local Safeway are … not exactly empty but emptier than usual.

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    • Widdershins says:

      Glad to hear you’re high-n-dry. πŸ˜€ … shortages are starting to be reported elsewhere, not just here in BC, and price hikes are getting concerning too.


  2. Ian Hutson says:

    That’s one hell of a lot of rain you’ve had there. DId they umbrellas that I sent work well?

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  3. What a nightmare, Widders. I am pleased you are at least both safe

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  4. quiall says:

    I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers!

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  5. So sorry to hear that. Reminds me of the year we had 3 hurricanes, and had flooding, and at least a week in total with no power 😞

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  6. Stay safe and dry. We are still doing okay in my little city in the center of The Island. May we both continue to dodge these weather bullets.

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  7. Fingers crossed for the next week or so. Looks like when a weather pattern sets in now, it hangs around for weeks! Last summer–hot and dry. This fall & winter–wet, wet, wet.

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  8. bone&silver says:

    Oh goodness, what a nightmare! Lucky you have supplies- my friend outside Tofino was getting stressed about his food stocks. I can’t believe this is happening- I always think of Canada as such a steady kinda country, no big extremes… 😦

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  9. acflory says:

    Thanks for the videos, Widds. Both were eye-openers. I somehow imagined that an island would be, mostly hilly? Dah. And I thought the water simply covered the bridges, but they’ve been completely washed away. 😦
    Somehow you never think this kind of thing will happen to you or people you know. Try and find one happy thing a day, at the least. Thinking of you both. -hugs-

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  10. Oh, no! That looks awful. *hugs*

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    • Widdershins says:

      Thanks, Ruth. πŸ™‚
      So much rain that it’ll be Wednesday (1st Dec) at the earliest that the floodwaters will finally get a chance to properly recede.


  11. Suzanne says:

    Wow. What an intense situation. I hope the rain eases soon.

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