Thursday dawned and there were no reports in Chilliwack of any landslides overnight, according to the City of Chilliwack situation update of Dec. 2.
The Nooksack River is receding, and the Vedder River peaked around midnight Dec. 1. Highway 1 reopened at 2 p.m. from Abbotsford to Hope.
Chilliwack received six to nine millimetres of rain and on Thursday, Dec. 2 city crews were continuing cleanup efforts at various sites.
The B.C. River Forecast Centre is forecasting a return to more normal conditions in the coming days for the Nooksack River.
“The Vedder River experienced a small rise in water levels last night, with a peak around midnight.”
The Vedder should continue to recede over the next few days, and the Fraser is coming down as well.
While the rain may be easing up, the ground is saturated and excess water is still impacting the sewer system.
“Thank you to all the residents who have been reducing their water use to help the sanitary sewer system keep up during the recent storm events.”
Residents are asked to continue to reduce water use while the system recovers.
Here are some other ways residents can help, suggested in the city update:
• Use the low flow flush option on variable flush toilets
• Make sure your dishwasher and/or washing machine is full to reduce the number of loads, and, if possible, select a low water use cycle
• Run the dishwasher at night when sewer flows are usually lowest
“Due to the excessive amount of rain and high-water levels in storm drainage systems, many residents have reported basement flooding and other storm damage. Making adjustments to reduce water use will have a positive impact on those properties.”
City staff have also been working to alleviate the huge strain on the pump stations and assist those experiencing backups in their sewer.
Anyone experiencing a sewer backup, can contact operations at 604-793-2810 (after hours: 604-792-2233).
“Multiple roads” have lane closures or are closed for repairs including:
Alma Avenue, Bell Road between Brice and McSween, Angela Avenue, Beryl Street, Charles Street, Cora Avenue, and Dinah Avenue are closed, except for local traffic.
Elk View Road is closed from the 3-way stop to upper Ryder Lake Road for repairs December 2-3. Marble Hill Road at Ramsay is closed for slide cleanup.
Here are some provincial flood recovery resources.
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