MLA Mike Bernier calls it the worst flood he’s ever seen.
Torrential rain over the last few days washed out roads and crossings in the Peace Region, forcing officials to declare local states of emergency.
Environment Canada says Chetwynd was receiving 11 millimeters of rain an hour, for 14 hours on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Transportation says it will still be a number of days until Highway 97 will be reopened west of Chetwynd.
In a release, Transportation Minister Todd Stone says Crews are working from both the north and south end of the closure and we expect to have the highway from Pine Pass to Chetwynd open to single-lane alternating traffic by the end of next week.
Stone says they’ve brought-in engineers, construction experts and over 100 pieces of equipment to rebuild washed-out roads.
Residents in Chetwynd and Dawson Creek can now apply for government assisted financial support.
Premier Christy Clark is expected to tour Dawson Creek today to assess the damage firsthand.