Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highway 97 to Reopen West of Chetwynd, B.C., Following Severe Floods

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highway 97 to Reopen West of Chetwynd, B.C., Following Severe Floods

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Crews reopen B.C. highway link following floods

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VICTORIA - A major stretch of highway in northeastern B.C. from Mackenzie Junction to Chetwynd is set to reopen, one week after it was closed by severe flooding.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone advises drivers to expect single lane alternating traffic along the nearly 150-kilometre stretch of Highway 97.

He says pilot cars may be needed to lead convoys through some sections of the corridor and motorists should expect the trip to take longer than the usual 90 minutes.

Crews have been working on the route and others in the Peace region since last week when at least 100 millimetres of rain tore up roads, washed out bridges and train tracks, and damaged buildings around Chetwynd and Dawson Creek.

Stone says nearly 200 pieces of equipment have been assigned to restore the flooded routes. …

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