Atmospheric river causing flooding in Richmond, BC

Date: 2021-11-16 17:01:40

City of Richmond crews are out trying to keep up with the multiple reports of flooding

As the “atmospheric river” continues to deluge the Lower Mainland Monday morning, reports are coming in of flooding on most roads in Richmond.

Most recently, a video of the Vancouver International Airport being flooded has been posted on Reddit.

The footage showed part of the runway like “a lake,” according to Reddit user AdAstraQ.

However, YVR airport tweeted that there have been “no major operational issues” and is encouraging people to be careful and take extra care when heading in and out of the area.

No. 5 Road near Blundell was reportedly partially blocked early Monday morning due to flooding and there were reports of significant flooding on parts of No. 4 Road.

Highway 99 was shut down at around 11 a.m. in both directions due to flooding.

On social media, a videos have surfaced of what appears to be flooding near Gilbert and Blundell roads.

At around 10:45 a.m., City of Richmond spokesperson Clay Adams told the News that the situation at Gilbert and Blundell is an  “issue with the Metro Vancouver drainage system. City crews are now working with Metro Vancouver at the location and we recommend drivers avoid that area for the foreseeable future while work is underway.

Adams said the city is “receiving a steady stream of calls to the Public Works Dispatch Line (604-270-8721) and we are doing what we can to respond to those as quickly as possible.

“Extra staff are on deck to take calls and we ask that people please be patient as crews do what they can to deal with volume of water.”

According to residents in the area of Shell and Seatons roads, large parts of the neighbourhood are “under water.”

This video also shows the extent of the flooding on No. 5 Road, between Williams and Blundell roads.

Highway 99 northbound was also shut down and diverted at Highway 91 due to flooding and a collision.

City of Richmond spokesperson Clay Adams told the Richmond News Monday morning that crews are out trying to deal with the “impact of the volume of water we are experiencing.

“All the pump stations are working fine and we have had no functional issues with the dykes or pump stations.

“Having said that, we are aware of rising water across areas of the city and crews are doing what they can right now to address them where possible.”

To make matters worse, Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for Richmond and the region, with gusts of up to 90 km/h forecast between noon and 4 p.m.

Mudslides and rockslides have closed most routes heading east out of the Lower Mainland. Some people have been trapped in their cars overnight.

By the time the rain lets up this afternoon, up to 200 mm of rain is expected to have fallen in the region over the last three days.

Check Richmond-News.com for the latest on the rain and wind warnings as the day progresses.




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