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BC Reopens Major Section of Flood Damaged Trans Canada Highway in Fraser Valley

VICTORIA—A major section of the Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia that was under floodwater since last week reopened Thursday, easing traffic congestion and helping connect the Lower Mainland to the province’s Interior. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said the section of Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack was cleared to reopen, which provides a vital artery from the Lower Mainland to the Interior via Highway 3 as work on other major damaged and closed road routes continues. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said officials are keeping close watch on the weather as a series of rainstorms are forecast to hit the province, with the worst precipitation expected to arrive on Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said she’s heard from berry and produce farmers who lost their crops in the floods, while some dairy and hog producers are being helped by food deliveries, at times by helicopters. Fleming said the reopened section …

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