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StirCrazy

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Posted: 11/17/21 08:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bcbouy wrote:

fraserway rv storage yard in Abbotsford is burning out of control right now.there's no way for fire crews to get to it due to the flooded hwy.hundreds of new rvs are going to be lost.35 rows are already gone.we ordered our Cougar from them but i don't think it's in the mess.


theres 40 firefighters on scean now. kinda suck as its one of there camper brands I was thinking of buying as a upgrade for the old truck camper. thoes prices will proabably be going up now.

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We drove by there about 2 weeks ago and we commented on all the New RV’s all lined up in row after row after row.
CTV morning news showed the fire from a choppers view. Lots burned up and a lot of rows to go, very sad what happening down there.
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The BC Ministry of Transportation has a site that is showing pictures of the floods and mudslides. They are updating some pictures in the effected areas daily. It’s going to be a long time fixing this disaster.
Mud slides and floods, in south western BC

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Posted: 11/21/21 05:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On the Island, I was all set to go from Victoria up to Rathtrevor park in Parksville on Monday, but had to wait till Tuesday to get up the Malahat past the washout on the Northbound lane. Then coming back on Saturday there was a detour past a new sinkhole in the main road just north of Nanaimo, but they had got the Malahat road fixed a little better.

Thing is, they spent a Kabillion dollars upgrading the Island Highway the last few years, and here it is with a washout, flooding across the road, and a sinkhole. WTF??? Did the lowest bidder use sand instead of rocks here and there for road base?

Not a peep in the "media" about why. Reminds me of the stories of the poor Russian soldiers in WW1 who found they had sand instead of gunpowder in their cartridges, because of contractors seeing off the government.

Hope the hippies in Burnaby noticed how they ran out of gas at the gas stations when the Trans Mountain had to close. Somehow doubt it! [emoticon]


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Posted: 11/21/21 06:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sumas Prairie south east of Abbotsford is a polder- a reclaimed lake bottom. When we lived in the lower mainland in the early 90’s we got 9” of rain in a day and a half courtesy of a “Pineapple Express”. There was a guy ferrying food with a motorboat following No. 3 Road.

This was all prior to The Climate Crisis.

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Like other questionable areas around the world, why would anyone in their right mind live at the bottom of a drained lake. Not the first time this has happened either.

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Fisherman wrote:

Like other questionable areas around the world, why would anyone in their right mind live at the bottom of a drained lake. Not the first time this has happened either.


It's mostly agricultural land, but definitely a disaster regardless. It is really hard to believe how much damage occurred over such a large area with one storm.

It's been a pretty tough week here in BC and more heavy rain coming this week....


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Click here to get an idea of the effects of the storm. the first 2 pages show some of the damage. Been in SW BC for 40 years and never seen anything like this.

With winter coming (or is here in the mountains), I can't imagine getting roads, bridges, railway lines open any time soon. I can see bringing in contractors from anywhere they are available to get things rolling with the time left before it will become a herculean effort. I guess we are there already.


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Fisherman wrote:

Like other questionable areas around the world, why would anyone in their right mind live at the bottom of a drained lake. Not the first time this has happened either.


its quite interesting, I was wondering the same thing and looked into the history. it was basicly a very very large, very shallow lake, more of a swamp, mosquitos and all that stuff. it was easy to build a "dam/spillway" from the sumas river to the fraser to divert the water and install a dyke and pump station to maintain it once they put the flow back to normal. the reason for doing it asind from getting rid of the "swamp" was that it would give them much needed rich farmland they despratly needed.

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StirCrazy wrote:

Fisherman wrote:

Like other questionable areas around the world, why would anyone in their right mind live at the bottom of a drained lake. Not the first time this has happened either.


its quite interesting, I was wondering the same thing and looked into the history. it was basicly a very very large, very shallow lake, more of a swamp, mosquitos and all that stuff. it was easy to build a "dam/spillway" from the sumas river to the fraser to divert the water and install a dyke and pump station to maintain it once they put the flow back to normal. the reason for doing it asind from getting rid of the "swamp" was that it would give them much needed rich farmland they despratly needed.


This was done in the 1920’s as a public works project. The Barrowtown pump station beside highway 1 lifts the water into the Vedder River whicj joins the Fraser.

The Fraser River flooded in a major way in 1948. This resulted in a major mitigation project.

There is lots of “tilted topography” north and east of the lower Fraser valley. It drains in a hurry. I’ve seen washing machine size rocks being rumbled down a creek that you can wade ankle deep in dry weather. It’s a noise you don’t forget when it wakes you up in your camper [emoticon]

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