Torrential rain pounded Langley Monday, closing dozens of roads, flooding fields and golf courses and forcing the shutdown of parks and trails and the Langley Senior Resources Society building.
At 272nd Street north of downtown Aldergrove, a woman was briefly stuck in her vehicle on the flooded roadway before being rescued.
The woman’s father in law, who asked that his name not be used, said she was heading to UBC in the morning and didn’t see any signs about water on the road – high winds had knocked down several Township signs nearby by later in the day.
Her car got stuck at a low spot where water was up to the car’s engine.
“It was floating a little bit,” the woman’s father in law said.
“Some of the trucks that went past her – the waves from the trucks would push her closer to the ditch,” he said.
Her husband came with a larger vehicle and pushed her to dry ground and the car was towed.
“She’s fine,” her father in law said, but it was a scary experience.
In other parts of Langley, people were facing water creeping up to their homes.
Marion Ross lives in North Langley, and a good portion of her yard was under water as of 9:30 a.m. on Monday.
She was worried about the flood waters getting into her well, and into her home’s crawl space, affecting her furnace.
This is not the first time there has been pooling water in the area, but it is the worst, Ross said. She said after last year’s floods, she complained to the Township, but said they haven’t done enough.
“This could have been alleviated,” she said.
She was using a rake to clean branches and debris out of the culverts around her home.
Schools remained open, but Langley School District was advising parents that power was out at Langley Fundamental and James Hill Elementary. All buses were running, but there were expected to be delays due to road closures.
All buses are running. Due to local road closures and weather-related impacts, some buses may be delayed. Please check our District website for updates. pic.twitter.com/t0qJRajGCd
— Langley Schools (@LangleySchools) November 15, 2021
Parents were advised to watch the district’s website at sd35.bc.ca for updates.
Nicomekl River in Langley City was overflowing as the heavy rain continued Monday. A pedestrian bridge in the park was under water.
Several residential streets in the City near the Nicomekl saw flooded roads. An RCMP officer on the scene at 211th Street said the water was hip-deep at the end of the road.
Langley RCMP was advising drivers to exercise caution, to make sure your wipers and headlights are in good working condition, slow down when approaching a puddle, increase follow distance, allow extra time and “be kind.”
RAIN & WIND WARNING – It's pretty bad out there today folks!
Make sure your wipers & headlights are in good working condition, slow down when approaching a puddle, increase follow distance, give yourself extra time & be kind! #langley #rcmp #langleyrcmp #drivesafe #bcrcmp pic.twitter.com/iQ0JMIYQU5
— Langley RCMP (@LangleyRCMP) November 15, 2021
One of the onramps to Highway 1 heading east from 264th Street was blocked off, although eastbound traffic was still moving. The whole area around the interchange has full ditches, and flooded yards.
Several Langley City streets were closed due to flooding – including 208th St between 51 B Ave. and 56th Ave., 51 B Ave between 208th St. and 206th St., and Fraser Hwy between 208th St. and 216th.
Residents were reminded to use caution on all roads, sidewalks, trails and parks and to keep pets and children away from the banks of the river or streams.
This afternoon, 70-90 km/hour winds are in the forecast so potential power outages are possible.
To report an issue please fill out a Request for Service: https://services.langleycity.ca/TempestApps/eapply/calls/default.aspx.
Several Township road were closed due to flooding.
As of 1:30 p.m:
- 0 Ave. (27600-27100)
- 16th Ave. (@227 St)
- 16th Ave. (@248 St)
- 20th Ave. (dead end near 232 St)
- 24th Ave. (204 to 212 Block)
- 24th Ave. (20100 Block)
- 28th Ave. (26142)
- 28th Ave. (204 St to 208 St)
- 34th Ave. (East of 272 St)
- 40th Ave. (25345)
- 88th Ave. (Near 206 St)
- 96th Ave. (21800 Block)
- 100 Ave (2200 Block)
- 102B Ave (199 St to 208 St)
- 208th St. (North or Yeomans Cres)
- 208th St. (24 Ave to 28 Ave)
- 210th St. (North of 24 Ave)
- 210A St. (north of 56ave)
- 211th St. (north of 56 Ave)
- 216th St. (6710)
- 216th St. (3100 Block)
- 216th St. (24 Ave to 40 Ave)
- 216th St. (@6 Ave)
- 224th St. (1955 Block)
- 227th Cres. (7700 Block)
- 232nd St. (@80 Ave)
- 232nd St. (3800 Block)
- 232nd St. (3900 Block)
- 232nd St. (500)
- 272nd St. (7500 Block)
- Glover Rd. (7595)
Roads closed due to flooding and/or slope stability issues:
- 40th Ave. (west of 216 St)
- 64th Ave. (23600 block bridge)
- 272nd St. (north of 43ave)
- 264th St. (7890)
Roads closed due to downed hydro lines
- 8th Ave. (25800 Block)
- 84th Ave. (24100 Block)
- 216th St. (south of 40 Ave)
Watch for crews, barricades, signs and flashers at most locations. Drivers must follow all signage and detour routes in the event roadways are closed.
Park and Trail Closures
• Williams Park closed due to flooding and winds
• Milner Park closed due to flooding
• Walnut Grove Tennis Courts closed due to flooding
• All trails in the Township are closed due to flooding.
How to Report Flooding
To report flooding call the Engineering Division at 604-532-7300, available weekdays from 8:30am – 4:30pm.
More photos from the day can be viewed at the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.
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