Members of the Ableman family of Greendale filling sandbags on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 to keep flood waters at bay. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Members of the Ableman family of Greendale filling sandbags on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 to keep flood waters at bay. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Highways, schools closed in Chilliwack as assessment starts

Highway 1 still closed between Abbotsford and Chilliwack

The rain was holding off Tuesday morning as the cleanup and assessment began in Chilliwack and area after flooding and slides.

Schools are once again closed in Chilliwack School District for Tuesday, Nov. 16. All classes at all University of the Fraser Valley campuses are cancelled as well.

Highway 1 from Abbotsford to Chilliwack was shut down at 7 p.m. on Monday and remains closed, as evacuation orders were issued for parts of Sumas Prairie. Highway is also closed between Chilliwack and Hope.

City of Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Regional District declared states of local emergency ahead of evacuations on Monday, after more than 48 hours of heavy rain, mudslides, outages, and local flooding in the 1-in-100-year event.

RELATED: Highway section closed near Sumas Prairie

Sand and sandbags were being filled in a lot west of Townsend Park just before the waste treatment plant. There are bags and sand supplies replenished.

Several evacuation orders were issued in and around Chilliwack, as well as the first ones in the Fraser Valley Regional District on Monday, meaning that many were forced out of their homes to find safety.

”City crews are currently in the field doing sector checks and reporting on road closures,” according to the City of Chilliwack flood and road closure page.

RELATED: Schools, highways still closed

Garbage truck crews are doing curbside collections Tuesday, “however, capacity is reduced,” according to the city’s Nov. 16 update. Only garbage will be collected in Ryder Lake.

Crews will attempt to collect garbage, recycling, and compostable waste from other areas. Glass recycling will not be collected. Some roads may be inaccessible due to flooding. If materials are not collected today, crews will collect double on the next collection day (or bi-weekly collection day in the case of garbage/glass).

The Bailey Landfill and residential recycling depot on Matheson Road are both fully accessible and open to the public.

Parr Road Green Depot still closed.

The following list of full and partial road closures will continue to be updated:

Vedder Road at Petawawa: a detour is now in place to allow essential traffic through. Avoid the area if you are able. If you must take this route, expect long delays.

Vedder Mtn Road: a single lane is open to residents leaving Yarrow and emergency personnel only

Elk View Road: closed from Ryder Lake Road intersection (at the 3 way stop) to the second Ryder Lake Road.

Bowman Road: closed.

Majuba Hill Road: closed from Wilson Road to Nikada Drive.

Marble Hill Road: closed from Ramsay Place to the end of Ramsay.

Matheson Road: closed south of the recycling depot.

Keith Wilson Road: closed between Sumas Prairie Road and Blackburn Road.

Airport Road /Broadway: closed.

Charles Street at Chilliwack Central Road: closed (local traffic only).

Darlene Avenue at Broadway: closed (local traffic only).

Angela Avenue/ Dinah Avenue/ Darlene Avenue: closed (local traffic only).

Upper Prairie Road/Chilliwack Central Road: closed (local traffic only).

Upper Prairie Road /Patterson Road: closed (local traffic only).

Chilliwack Central Road /Patterson Road: closed (local traffic only).

Thornton Road /Extrom Road: closed (local traffic only).

Yale Road /Prest Road: partial closure, single lane traffic.

Chilliwack residents can email reports of mudslides, erosion, or backed up drains to operations@chilliwack.com. After hours calls can be directed to 604.792.2233.

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
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