B.C. highways battered by winter storm

HOPE, B.C. — If you’re heading out on the highway in B.C. you might want to double check if it’s open for business.

A mixture of rain and snow has made for tough road conditions all over the province and caused the closure of several routes.

The communities of Sooke and Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island were isolated as Highway 14 was closed in both directions from flooding. Local reports say one land is now open to alternating traffic, but with more than 50 millimeters of rain expected in the coming days it could be a while before the situation is fully cleared.

Heavy rains are causing similar problems throughout the Lower Mainland and into the Fraser Valley, which is expected to be hardest hit with 150 millimeters of rain forecasted.

The rainfall is also being blamed for a mudslide on Highway 1, which closed the eastbound lanes of the road outside of Hope, B.C.

As well, snowfall blanketing the southern interior region of the province has created an avalanche threat. Sections of Highway 1 and 3 outside of Revelstoke, B.C. have been shutdown due to risk of a slide.

A list of highway closures and an interactive map can be viewed at www.drivebc.ca.

— with files from the Canadian Press

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