Highway 14 closed near Jordan River due to sinkhole

Another roadblock has been announced Tuesday in the wake of a violent storm that hit the south coast of Vancouver Island.

Emcon Services, the company that provides clearing services to many BC highways, says Highway 14 is closed at Forebay Road, near the Jordan River.

According to Emcon, the road has been completely blocked in both directions as a result of a sinkhole that has formed.

The southwest coast, where Highway 14 runs, was one of the areas hit hard by the “atmospheric river” system this past weekend.

From Saturday to Monday, Vancouver Island experienced a significant amount of rain, which caused roadblocks, lightning floods and power outages across Vancouver Island.

On Monday, heavy flooding caused officials to close part of Highway 14 between the Impala and Gillespie roads – the main route in and out of Sooke – forcing society into isolation.

READ MORE: Malahat Highway reopens this morning after geotechnical assessment

The District of Sooke announced later Monday that the road was reopened both ways, and for drivers to expect delays.

Meanwhile, East Sooke Road was open to single-lane alternating traffic near Beecher Bay.

Sooke’s Emergency Operations Center was activated at approximately 1 p.m. 9:30 to help with planning and logistics around the extreme weather event. A free sandbag station was made available to residents in need and Sooke Fire Rescue was mobilized in case of a medical emergency.

On Tuesday, in the wake of the storm, several roads remain closed, adding Highway 14 near the Jordan River to the list.

West Saanich Road in Saanich is also expected to remain closed in several areas for the next 48 hours.

The Malahat Highway, which was closed overnight due to road instability, caused the green light to reopen around 9 a.m. this morning.

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