Alberta Mirror

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Stressed supply multiples growled anew as BC floods wipe out rail lines

Key takeaways: 

  • Problems are the outcomes of record-setting floods in BC. 
  • CN states its rail network has experienced several mudslides and washouts near Yale, BC. 

Floods resulted in sweeping off rail lines and roads:

The complex issues of shifting goods from one place to another have been made even more complicated by record-breaking downpours and floodings in BC that have wiped out rail lines and highways in the Lower Mainland. 

Professionals state the floods have taken a so far tight supply multiple and made it even tighter at the worst possible time. 

“It’s not going to be good,” stated Barry Prentice, a professor of supply chain management at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Source –

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Most highways in and out of Vancouver have successfully been closed, bringing truck traffic to a crawl. While trucks traffic crawl. While trucks are utilized for smaller haul distances of comparatively shorter loads, trains manage most of the transport. 

All rail traffic in and out of the port of Vancouver has been paused, the port confirmed in a statement Tuesday: “A timeframe for re-opening of the rail lines will be known once damage assessments are complete,” spokesperson Matti Polychronis stated.  Source –

Rail traffic in Vancouver is paused because of issues down the line, both of Canada’s major rail lines said. 

CN Rail stated its network has experienced several mudslides and wipeouts closer to Yale, BC, and one of its trains partly derailed in a zone of the region that has seen more than 300 millimetres of rain in recent days. 

“There were no injuries, fire or spill, or dangerous goods involved,” CN said of the train that partially derailed.  Source –

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