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B.C. STORM: Hope remains cut off from province as community cares for evacuees, stranded motorists

About 1,000 people took shelter, accessed services at Hope secondary school
Entering Hope on Flood Hope Road, road signs for Highways 1 (Trans-Canada), 3 (Crowsnest) and 5 (Coquihalla). (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Hope remains cut off from the rest of the province Tuesday morning, with landslides blocking all routes out of the mountainside town.

A landslide in Sunshine Valley has cut off travel along Highway 3 in the region, in addition to continued closures on all other routes. An assessment is in progress at the landside cutting off travel to Chilliwack along Highway 1, near Popkum. The next update is expected at 4 p.m. Tuesday, but no estimate has been given for a re-opening yet.

About 1,000 people sheltered or accessed services at Hope secondary school on Monday night. There are local evacuees as well as stranded motorists who were caught up in the closures as landslides began on Sunday.

There is also still a need for volunteers at the secondary school, as well as clean bedding and other items.

Balan Moorthy, superintendent of schools for Fraser Cascade, has been among those sending out information about the situation. He tweeted out a thank you to school staff, district staff, businesses and community volunteers that are providing around the clock support for all.

Grace Baptist Church also opened their doors on Sunday night, despite having no heat or power. Most of the town was without power during the rainstorm. It was restored to most homes by Monday night.

Watch for continued coverage on this site.

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Jessica Peters

About the Author: Jessica Peters

I began my career in 1999, covering communities across the Fraser Valley ever since.
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