Damage caused by floods cuts off all rail access to Canada’s largest port in Vancouver

MERRITT, British Columbia, November 16 (Reuters) – The Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest, said Tuesday that all rail access had been cut off by floods and landslides further east, a development that could hit shipments of grain, coal and potassium chloride. .

Two days of heavy rain in the Pacific province of British Columbia triggered major flooding and closed rail routes operated by the Canadian Pacific Rail (CP.TO) and the Canadian National Railway (CNR.TO), the country’s clearly two largest railway companies.

“All rail connections coming to and from the port of Vancouver have been halted due to flooding in the interior of British Columbia,” said port spokesman Matti Polychronis.

Waste lies on the ground after a landslide and flood, near Ten Mile, British Columbia, Canada, November 15, 2021. BC Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure / Distribution via REUTERS

The floods have also closed several highways, including all major routes to Vancouver, she said.

The Port of Vancouver moves goods worth $ 550 million ($ 440 million) every day, from cars and finished goods in containers to essential goods.

Some areas of British Columbia received 200 mm of rain on Sunday, the amount that usually falls in a month.

Written by David Ljunggren; further reporting by Nia Williams in Calgary, Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; editing by Ed Osmond, Jonathan Oatis and Aurora Ellis

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