The BC government will be lifting the 30-litre gas limit on Tuesday but announced the provincial state of emergency would be extended to December 28th.
The measure, which has been in place since November 17th, will continue due to recovery efforts still underway in communities affected by severe flooding last month. In many areas of the province, work is still underway to repair major highways damaged by flooding and mudslides.
According to the province, there are approximately 17,775 people evacuated due to impacts from the flooding, with 5,918 properties on evacuation order, and 3,632 properties on evacuation alert.
“While we’re making significant progress in our recovery, there is still a lot of work to do to reopen our highways and get people back into their homes,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
“My continued thanks go out to all British Columbians for their patience and compliance during these challenging times.”
The order restricting non-essential travel on highways 3 and 99 will remain in place at this time.
Although the provincial state of emergency has been extended, the province’s order limiting non-essential vehicles to 30 litres of fuel per trip to the gas station will end on Tuesday, December 14th.
The limit on fuel purchases across the province can come to an end as a result of the gradual re-opening of the Trans Mountain Pipeline as well as incoming shipments of fuel by truck and barge arriving in British Columbia.
Gas limits were put in place on November 19th for drivers in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and other southern BC locations in order to ensure enough supply for essential traffic, such as emergency vehicles and supply chain transport.