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Harrison River Valley: Storm Relief Information and Updates

After the devastating storm and resulting power outages and road closures, it’s vital to be able to pin down pertinent information to get help and resources to those in need. What’s open, what’s not, and where can you go to find accommodations or stock up on critical supplies? We’ve compiled a list of valuable information to assist you through this trying time. Click on the links provided to take you directly to websites for the most up to date information. 
*Please note: Information in this blog is subject to change as the situation evolves, check back frequently for updates.

Photo Credit: @kristaldalrymp

Emergency Response Organizations

ALERTABLE (APP)- Evacuation Alerts and Updates

BCHYDRO The storm caused countless power outages, many have been restored but there will be planned outages in the days ahead as crews work to repair damaged power poles and downed lines. 

DRIVE BC Conditions are ever-changing, and most highways are still closed. Visit the website for the most current information on our local roadways and highways. Please note, Highway 7 is open to essential travel only. There are delays on Highway 7 at Mt. Woodside which is operating on single lane alternating traffic.

DISTRICT OF KENT A State of Local Emergency in the District of Kent continues to be in effect due to damaged roads, rockslides, and localized flooding. Please continue to follow updates on social media channels and website.

EMERGENCY SUPPORT SERVICES The Agricultural Hall is now closed. There is a phone number posted on the door, please call 604-819-7059 if you require emergency services. Visit EmergencyInfoBC, for more information on Emergency Services Available.

GOVERNMENT OF BC DISASTER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION After a disaster, the provincial government may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). Once declared, the DFA program may compensate applicants for essential uninsurable losses.

HARBOUR AIR Harbour Air has been providing flights out for those travellers urgently needing to travel out of Harrison Hot Springs, flights go out from the float plane dock on the lakefront.

VILLAGE OF HARRISON HOT SPRINGS Due to localized flooding, the Village of Harrison Hot Springs has declared a state of emergency. Visit the website for current information and instructions on how to apply for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA).

 

Temporary Fuel Restrictions

B.C. is prioritizing gasoline and diesel for essential vehicles, while working to keep fuel available for people in B.C. Under the EPA, an order restricting the purchase of vehicle fuel in certain regions of the province is in place until November 30 at midnight. 

If you are not operating an essential vehicle, you are limited to purchasing 30 litres of fuel per trip to the gas station in these areas:

  • Lower Mainland (Vancouver to Hope)
  • Sea to Sky (Squamish to Pemberton)
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Gulf Islands
  • Vancouver Island

Gas restrictions in place. 30 L fill ups

Visit DriveBC for the Latest Information. This page as been updated from TranBC.ca as of November 24, 2021 10 AM.

Highway 7

  • OPEN Mission to Hope is open for essential travel only  from Murray Street in Mission to Highway 1 in Hope.
  • Abandoned Vehicles are being towed and held at the Agassiz Community Recreation and Cultural Centre – 6660 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz, BC until November 22 at 5 pm at which point they will be moved for secure storage. Contact: Reliable Towing at 1-888-463-8621 or 604-856-8621. Due to high call volumes, owners are asked to please be patient when trying to find out information about their vehicles. Owners will be required to show government issued, picture ID to pick-up their vehicles.

Highway 1 – Popkum to Hope

  • OPEN  to one lane of travel in each direction for essential travel only between Popkum and Hope (Hwy 9 exit to Flood-Hope Exit)
  • Drivers are reminded to drive to conditions, use caution and expect delays.

Highway 1 – Abbotsford

  • CLOSED  between McCallum Road and Yale Road
  • Highway 11 intersection to Cole road is open for emergency agriculture access only.  Essential travel rules apply

Highway 1 – Fraser Canyon (South Coast and Interior)

  • OPEN for local travel from Hope as far as Boothroyd (through Yale, Spuzzum and Boston Bar).
  • Single lane alternating between Yale and Boston Bar from an overnight rock fall.
  • CLOSED from Boothroyd to Spences Bridge
  • Essential travel only, and watch for ongoing work and traffic control. OTHERWISE  CLOSED between Hope  and Spences Bridge.

Highway 3

  • OPEN to travel in both directions with localized areas of SLAT between Hope and Allison Pass.
  • Essential travel only, and please watch for ongoing work and traffic control.

Highway 5 – Coquihalla

  • CLOSED – Hope to Merritt

Local Routes

CLOSED Rockwell Drive – Sasquatch Provincial Park

  • Rockwell Drive is on evacuation alert. Trout Bridge out near Greenpoint, access to Sasquatch Provincial Park and Harrison East Forest Service Road not available.

Reasons for Essential Travel

  • Transporting essential goods and supplies, for example:
  • Food, water and other beverages
  • Fuel and gasoline
  • Health care goods, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies
  • Personal hygiene, sanitation and cleaning goods
  • Transporting livestock, agricultural or seafood products and supplies
  • Livestock producers returning to a farm to provide care for animals
  • Responding to emergencies, including search and rescue operations
  • Evacuations for medical reasons and urgent medical treatment
  • Transporting essential personnel
  • Highway repair and maintenance
  • Commercially transporting goods
  • Returning to your principal residence
  • Assisting vulnerable or at-risk people
  • Exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right as recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982

Click on links to go directly to websites. 

BRAMBLEBANK COTTAGES Open and has rooms available. Call 1-800-331-8099.
CHEAM FISHING VILLAGE CAMPGROUND Closed for the season. 
FRASER RIVER LODGE Call for availability, 604-796-1210.
HARRISON BEACH HOTEL Has availability, check with front desk, 1-866-338-8111.
HARRISON HAMMOND HOUSE B&B Has availability. 604-796-2224.
HARRISON LAKE HOTEL Has availability.
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS RESORT 1-888-870-8889. Limited capacity. The family pool is currently closed as staff can’t get to Resort.  HOT SPRINGS RV  Open with RV sites available. 604-796-9767.
KILBY CAMPGROUND Currently closed due to flooding.
PATHFINDER CAMP RESORTS Temporarily closed to new guests until further notice. Call 1-866-267-3677 or email [email protected] for inquiries.
ROCKWELL HARRISON GUEST LODGE Temporarily closed due to evacuation order. 
SANDPIPER RESORT Open, recommendation to call prior to arrival. 1-877-796-1001.
SASQUATCH INN AND PUB The pub, inn, and liquor store are open for business, and rooms available. 604-796-2730.
TALL TIMBER B&B Currently full with evacuees from Sumas. 
THE LODGE ON HARRISON LAKE Open, check availability on their website. 604-819-5374.

AGASSIZ-HARRISON MUSEUM Open Wed. – Sat. 10 am – 4pm.
AGASSIZ LIBRARY Open regular hours. BACK PORCH Open regular hours
BLUE DANDELION-AGASSIZ Open regular hours (dependent on staff).
BLUE DANDELION Baby & Toys Open regular hours (dependent on staff).
BLUE DANDELION- HARRISON Open 10am – 5pm.
CANWEST ART GALLERY ON THE LAKE Open Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm.
CASA LIFESTYLES Reopening with regular hours on Friday Nov. 19.
CREEKSIDE CHEESE AND CREAMERY: Open and have milk in stock.
CRYSTAL HEALING & YOGA Closed. Open classes are closed until the spring. Private classes closed until after Christmas.
FARMHOUSE NATURAL CHEESES Open and have milk in stock.
HAMMERSLEY BERRIES Closed for the season.
KILBY HISTORIC SITE (Café, museum, & store) Closed November 18-23.
RANGER STATION ART GALLERY Temporarily closed due to evacuation alert. 
RED APPLE AGASSIZ Open regular hours.
HEALING SPRINGS SPA AT THE HARRISON RESORT Open.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY Open.
SASQUATCH LIQUOR STORE Open.
SASQUATCH MOUNTAIN RESORT Plans to Open December 10, pending weather. Road is currently passable.
SASQUATCH MUSEUM Closed.
SHORELINE TOURS Open (As long as guests book tours. Tours cancelled for Fri/Sat Nov 19/20.
STICKS AND STONES (HARRISON RESORT) Closed, no staff available.

NOTE: *Restaurants listed as open are dependent on product deliveries to continue operating. 

AGASSIZ CORNER CAFÉ: Reopening Friday November 19 at 8am.
BLACK FOREST RESTAURANT: Open regular hours*
BROKEN WHISK: Open regular hours*
BUTTER CHICKEN HOUSE: Open regular hours*
CHEAM SUSHI: Open regular hours* 
HARRISON CORNER CAFÉ* Open regular hours
KILBY CAFÉ: Currently closed.
LAKESIDE CAFÉ (Harrison Resort): Open regular hours*
MILO’S GREEK TAVERNA: Open regular hours*
MISS MARGARET’S: Open regular hours*
MORGAN’S BISTRO: Opens daily at 5pm*
MUDDY WATERS CAFÉ: Open regular hours*
OLD SETTLER PUB: Open regular hours*
PHO HO VIETNAMESE NOODLE SOUP: Open regular hours*
ROYAL KING INDIAN CUISINE: Temporarily closed.
SASQUATCH PUB: Open regular hours*
SOSSY’S SALOON: Open 4pm – 11pm*
SUSHI KITAMI JAPANESE: Open 2pm – 9pm*
SUSHI MOUNTAIN: Currently open limited hours, 12pm-5pm will resume regular hours as soon as possible (12-8pm).
TACO RIO: Open regular hours *
YUKIYA SUSHI: Temporarily closed. 

Our hearts swell with pride to see the outpouring of community support during this challenging time. Thank you to those who have opened their homes to stranded travellers seeking shelter, and for offering support to those in need. We wish to thank the first responders, highway workers, volunteers, BC Hydro workers, and everyone who is working so diligently to repair the profound damage caused by this intense storm.

Please stay away from areas impacted by floods as conditions are still changing; and restrict travel to essential needs only. This will allow all all first responders, the highway department and government officials to focus on supporting those most in need and doing the work required to repair infrastructure and re-open supply chains. We look forward to welcoming visitors once it is safe to do so.

We will be updating this page as new information comes in. Please stay safe out there!



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