Saturday, May 18, 2024

Malahat closed in both directions due to extreme flooding (VIDEO)


As heavy rainfall continues to hit British Columbia, warnings of water pooling and flash flooding on major roadways are now being issued across southern Vancouver Island.

According to Drive BC, The Malahat (HWY 1) is closed in both directions at Finlayson Arm Road near Goldstream due to extreme flooding. 

Crews are currently on scene in an attempt to clear gutters and redirect rainwater, however, as the rain continues, there is no estimated time of the highway reopening.

West Shore RCMP also noted that there are many other areas affected by the rainfall and experiencing flooding around Langford.

They urge those who do not need to be out on the road to avoid doing so, stay home and stay safe. 

The District of Saanich is currently working to clear gutters in an effort to prevent future water pooling and flooding in the area. 

Vancouver Island will continue to see heavy rainfall this morning. 

Residents can expect up to 180 millimeters of rain in some areas, including the Greater Victoria area, as flood warnings and advisories are in effect near major rivers.

Environment Canada extended the rainfall warnings early Monday for all areas of the island except the far north, saying water pooling and flash flooding was possible.

By the afternoon, heavy wind gusts are expected to move in.

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