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VIDEO: Langley drenched by downpour

Heavy rain closes roads, snarls traffic

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. 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 was under water.

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, give yourself extra time and “be kind.”

There was no access to Highway One east from 264th street. The whole area around the interchange had full ditches, and flooded yards.

A tractor was half-submerged in a flooded field near Fort Langley (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
A tractor was half-submerged in a flooded field near Fort Langley (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

More photos from the day can be viewed at the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.

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