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Heavy rainfall washes out Township road
The monsoon rains that drenched Langley on the weekend didn’t cause too many problems in Langley Township, but it did cause a washout in the 3100 block of 232 Street, said Township assistant fire chief Bruce Ferguson.
“An existing storm pipe washed out in the storm,” said Township water resources engineer Meghan Lee.
She said the storm pipe wasn’t part of the new infrastructure in the area, but is tied into the project. The road there was closed for much of the summer. It was again closed for part of the weekend, after the washout occurred.
With the washout, more than three metres of asphalt crumbled away. The storm pipe was off on the shoulder, so that shoulder is in bad shape, she said.
The Township has been working on replacing a main culvert in the area as well as a slope stability and drainage project which is still underway.
Township road works and engineering were busy Monday working on the road. The road is down to single-lane, alternating traffic.
The hope is to have it re-opened both ways by later this week. Lee said no vehicles were caught up in the flooding.
At least one vehicle ended up in the ditch after hitting pooling water just off the 232 Street exit on Sunday night.
But Langley did manage to avoid the power outages that hit the rest of Metro Vancouver. This was the second rainiest September since 2004, reports Environment Canada.