VIDEO: Pierce Creek completely blocked, water flows across Chilliwack Lake Road after heavy rainfall

A vehicle drives through Pierce Creek as it flows across Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)A vehicle drives through Pierce Creek as it flows across Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crews with Metric Civil Contractors remove rocks and dirt on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 after Pierce Creek was completely clogged. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Crews with Metric Civil Contractors remove rocks and dirt on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 after Pierce Creek was completely clogged. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling blast water to remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling blast water to remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Ian Hood looks at an RV with a tree through it on Obyrne Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progess)Ian Hood looks at an RV with a tree through it on Obyrne Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progess)
Cracks are visible in the ground as Ian Hood peers over the edge of the banks of the Chilliwack River while walking his dog Teddy on Obyrne Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progess)Cracks are visible in the ground as Ian Hood peers over the edge of the banks of the Chilliwack River while walking his dog Teddy on Obyrne Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progess)
An evacuation order is taped to the front part of a trailer on Obyrne Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)An evacuation order is taped to the front part of a trailer on Obyrne Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crews work on one of many sections of Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 following a record rainfall. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Crews work on one of many sections of Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 following a record rainfall. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Road erosion on Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Road erosion on Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Damage could be seen throughout the Chilliwack River Valley Friday following record rainfall this week.

Most recently, Pierce Creek was completely cut off by rocks and debris during Thursday’s heavy rainfall, resulting in it flowing across the road.

The creek is located about 24 kilometres up Chilliwack Lake Road. It runs off Pierce Lake and is supposed to flow underneath a bridge and into the Chilliwack River. But on Thursday, Nov. 18, the creek was flowing across Chilliwack Lake Road.

Crews had been on scene for about 24 hours by around noon on Friday (Nov. 19). They were removing rocks and debris from underneath the bridge by digging it out by hand with shovels and blasting it with water. Further up, an excavator was clearing the creek’s clogged path.

Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling blast water to remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling blast water to remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

There is no estimated date for when the work will be finished, said Chris Veenstra, co-owner of Metric Civil Contractors who was on scene Friday.

Crews initially thought a metal bridge further up Pierce Creek, which was installed and paid for by volunteers about two years ago, would have to be removed in order to fix the creek’s path, but they are able to work around it.

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Earlier this week, a tree went through an RV on Obyrne Road as the Chilliwack River swelled well past its normal height on Monday.

Ian Hood walks past an RV with a tree through it on Obyrne Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progess)

Ian Hood walks past an RV with a tree through it on Obyrne Road on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progess)

An evacuation order was issued Thursday for all trailers at 50801 OByrne Road in Electoral Area E of the Fraser Valley Regional District, but other addresses on that road had orders rescinded.

Further down the river, water rushed right through a property, eroding a section of Chilliwack Lake Road.

Evacuation orders were also in place for addresses on Chilliwack Lake Road, Wilson Road and Auchenway Road.

READ MORE: Evacuation order issued for properties in Chilliwack River Valley

Chilliwack Search and Rescue helped save several people Sunday night (Nov. 14) after their home on Wilson Road was badly damaged by flooding.

READ MORE: Chilliwack Search and Rescue saves residents from flooded home

With files by Jennifer Feinberg and Eric Welsh


 

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