British Columbia floods and mudslides

2021-11-17

in Canada, Daily updates, The environment

Following up on summers with severe wildfires, BC has received an ‘atmospheric river’ of rain, in some places a month’s worth in a day.

The floods and landslides have cut off all the highways connecting Vancouver and the lower mainland to the rest of BC and Canada, and the Port of Vancouver has closed down, holding back over $400 million worth of exports per day.

In the National Observer John Woodside has a piece about how these disasters are partly climate-caused, since lost roots and ground cover would have helped hold the soil in place to prevent landslides. Of course, the clearcutting uphill of these slides is both an important cause and an activity that worsens climate change.

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. November 17, 2021 at 3:48 pm
. November 17, 2021 at 3:50 pm
. November 17, 2021 at 3:51 pm
. November 17, 2021 at 4:15 pm

Canada floods cut rail link to Vancouver port; one dead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZUdg830_As

. November 17, 2021 at 4:16 pm

Deadly storm cuts transport links around Vancouver – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59314791

. November 17, 2021 at 4:19 pm

Atmospheric Rivers Increase Future Flood Risk in Western Canada’s Largest Pacific River (2019)

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2018GL080720#.YZVrH6ZHsFJ.twitter

. November 17, 2021 at 4:37 pm

B.C. declares a state of emergency in response to flooding, mudslides

British Columbians urged not to panic buy

https://www.timescolonist.com/bc-news/bc-declares-a-state-of-emergency-in-response-to-flooding-mudslides-4768971

. November 18, 2021 at 12:41 pm

Flood-damaged Vancouver, southern B.C. railways expected to remain impassable for days

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-flood-damaged-vancouver-southern-bc-railways-expected-to-remain/

. November 18, 2021 at 3:08 pm

Terry Glavin: The scale of the disaster unfolding in B.C. is unprecedented. A summary of the flooding and mudslides unleashed by the “atmospheric river” rainstorm on the weekend, washing out highways and damaging railways, forcing people to evacuate and leaving others trapped. Vancouver, Canada’s busiest port, has lost its road and rail connections to the rest of Canada.

https://www.metafilter.com/193305/BC-floods

. November 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm

The B.C. flooding isn’t just a regional catastrophe – it’s a warning that climate change is coming for everyone

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-bc-flooding-isnt-just-a-regional-catastrophe-its-a-warning-that/

. November 18, 2021 at 10:57 pm

Canada floods: 18,000 people still stranded in ‘terrible, terrible disaster’
Rising flood waters surround buildings in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

Alarm grows about climate change in British Columbia after summer wildfires wiped out vegetation that could have slowed flooding

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/18/residents-brace-for-torrential-rains-in-already-flooded-western-canada

. November 19, 2021 at 7:16 pm

B.C. floods: Gas to be rationed in some areas, some highways to be essential travel only

https://globalnews.ca/news/8387091/bc-flooding-mudslides-update-november-19-latest/

. November 21, 2021 at 12:50 am

Western Canada braces for new ‘atmospheric river’, as three more bodies recovered from mudslides

https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/21/western-canada-braces-for-new-atmospheric-river-as-three-more-bodies-recovered-from-mudslides

. November 22, 2021 at 6:41 pm

B.C. residents urged not to panic-buy as bare shelves fuel food security angst

https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6253190

. November 29, 2021 at 7:37 pm

Port of Vancouver descends into ‘distress’ as B.C. flooding severs rail lines, highways

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-port-of-vancouver-descends-into-distress-as-bc-flooding-severs-rail/

. December 1, 2021 at 3:24 pm

All of southwest B.C. under flood watch as 3rd consecutive storm rolls through

https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6269084

. December 3, 2021 at 12:59 pm

Livestock death toll from B.C. flooding: 628,000 poultry, 12,000 hogs, 420 cows

https://beta.ctvnews.ca/local/british-columbia/2021/12/2/1_5691405.amp.html

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