9-1-1 dispatchers warn about non-emergency calls
(Photo from E-Comm 9-1-1.)

Vancouver Island’s emergency communication center is reporting a large number of 9-1-1 calls from residents regarding the recent Malahat closure. 

Although the closure has caused significant delays and issues for residents, it is important to remember that holding up the lines with these inquiries can prevent other calls for serious emergencies to be on hold and/or not make it through.

Residents are reminded that 9-1-1 is for emergencies and is not an information line. 

After heavy rain and subsequent flooding closed the Malahat between Finlayson Arm Road and Wellswood Road in both directions Monday, the Malahat has now partially re-opened to alternate single lane traffic and will alternate every 30 minutes.

The province said drivers should expect major delays during daytime openings and consider limiting travel for essential purposes only.

The stretch of highway will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. until November 22nd as crews work overnight to repair the road damage caused by the flooding. 

For details about road closures, residents can follow @TranBC or @DriveBC on Twitter. 

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