With coastal and southwestern B.C. facing heavy rainfall while recovering from severe flooding, the Province is extending the temporary measure to prioritize fuel for essential vehicles and the provincial state of emergency.
The Province is extending a temporary measure to limit non-essential vehicles to 30 litres of fuel (gas and diesel) per trip to a gas station until Dec. 14, 2021.
Given the continued threats of flooding and the continued need of public safety measures under the Emergency Program Act, the provincial state of emergency is being extended until the end of the day on Dec. 14, 2021.
Since the initial atmospheric river from Nov. 14-16, a series of storms has worsened existing flooding and created new flooding and landslides in southwestern B.C. There are currently 3,606 properties on evacuation orders and 7,402 properties on evacuation alert.
The fuel order applies to all fuel suppliers in the Lower Mainland-to-Hope region, the Sea-to-Sky region, Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. Essential vehicles will continue to have unrestricted access to fuel as required, using predominately commercial trucking gas stations (cardlock gas stations).
All current orders related to non-essential travel on highways 3, 7 and 99 remain in place until highways start to reopen. This includes:
- Highway 3: from the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 3 in Hope to the west entrance to Princeton from Highway 3;
- from the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 9 in Agassiz to the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 1 in Hope; and
- from the junction of Highway 99 and Lillooet River Rd to the BC Hydro Seton Lake campsite access in Lillooet (vehicle weight must be no more than 14,500 kilograms).
The Province has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to provide $2,000 to people whose primary residences have been placed on evacuation orders due to flooding, to help meet the immediate needs associated with being evacuated due to flooding.
Disaster Financial Assistance is also available for people in areas affected by flooding and landslides from Nov. 14-16, 2021. This assistance is open to homeowners, residential tenants, businesses, charitable organizations, local governments, Indigenous communities, and farmers.
The state of emergency gives agencies, such as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC, the RCMP, and others the ability to use extraordinary measures to protect people and communities.
- For a list of essential vehicles, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/natural-disaster/support/restrictions.
- For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/
- For updated road conditions: www.drivebc.ca
- For up-to-date public weather alerts, visit Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc
- To register with Canadian Red Cross, visit: https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/2021-british-columbia-floods-and-extreme-weather
- British Columbians can access the DFA application online: http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance