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The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Vehicles abandoned in Hwy 7 mudslides available for pickup in Agassiz: MOTI

Pickup is available between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., call in advance

The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)
The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)

Crews clear vehicles stranded on Hwy 7 early Friday morning

Dozens of vehicles towed from landslide zone remain parked in Agassiz

The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)
Cars on Beaver Creek Road wait to turn left onto River Road on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The intersection has been contentious for years as residents have asked for a light or roundabout to improve traffic flow. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

City of Port Alberni identifies 15 worst intersections

Report proposes improvements for collision-prone intersections

Cars on Beaver Creek Road wait to turn left onto River Road on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The intersection has been contentious for years as residents have asked for a light or roundabout to improve traffic flow. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Ground search and rescue volunteers from Parksville/ Qualicum and Port Alberni teamed up with Sunwest Helicopters and others to help evacuate people stuck at a trailer park when Martindale Road flooded on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (ARROWSMITH SEARCH AND RESCUE PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Rescue Squad helps evacuate people caught in Parksville flood

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue called on Alberni’s swiftwater rescue team for mutual aid

Ground search and rescue volunteers from Parksville/ Qualicum and Port Alberni teamed up with Sunwest Helicopters and others to help evacuate people stuck at a trailer park when Martindale Road flooded on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (ARROWSMITH SEARCH AND RESCUE PHOTO)
Overnight closures were previously expected to last until Nov. 22. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Malahat to reopen 24 hours a day

Single-lane alternating traffic can continue around the clock

Overnight closures were previously expected to last until Nov. 22. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
BC Ferries’ Coastal Celebration vessel has been reassigned from its regular route to accommodate one round trip sailing between Nanaimo and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ Coastal Celebration vessel has been reassigned from its regular route to accommodate one round trip sailing between Nanaimo and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

Alberni District Teachers Union rejects idea of vaccine mandate

‘Most’ of district’s teachers are already vaccinated, says union president

The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO
Snoozing on a fluffy bed is one of the nine puppies that Laura Snoek of Ziggy’s Rescue had in her dog room after receiving the first of two deliveries of rescued dogs from Saskatchewan in late October. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Snoozing on a fluffy bed is one of the nine puppies that Laura Snoek of Ziggy’s Rescue had in her dog room after receiving the first of two deliveries of rescued dogs from Saskatchewan in late October. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Concept artwork for the story tower at Harbour Quay. (PHOTO COURTESY TSESHAHT FIRST NATION)

Construction work begins on Port Alberni’s aging clocktower

Clocks on tower will be replaced with Tseshaht First Nation artwork

Concept artwork for the story tower at Harbour Quay. (PHOTO COURTESY TSESHAHT FIRST NATION)
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)

VIDEO: Trio dances in traffic to ease stress of waiting on the Malahat

Film crew rolls back into Greater Victoria after a night stranded at summer camp

A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)
The Malahat will close overnight until Nov. 22, the province confirmed on Nov. 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)

Malahat to close overnight for 7 days after flooding, BC Ferries stepping in again

Overnight crews to repair Hwy 1 damage caused by recent weather conditions

The Malahat will close overnight until Nov. 22, the province confirmed on Nov. 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)
(Photo/RCAF)

Armed Forces confirms more than 300 rescued from Agassiz area landslides, floods

Rescue workers are also searching debris along Lougheed Highway

(Photo/RCAF)
Salmon at Goldstream Provincial Park were swept up in stormy floodwaters on Nov. 15. (Courtesy RLC Park Services)
Salmon at Goldstream Provincial Park were swept up in stormy floodwaters on Nov. 15. (Courtesy RLC Park Services)
Flooding and bank instability closed the south and northbound lanes of the Malahat past West Shore Parkway Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon Servcies)

UPDATE: Malahat reopening to alternating traffic following safety assessment

Essential travelers to be allowed through in 30 minute intervals

Flooding and bank instability closed the south and northbound lanes of the Malahat past West Shore Parkway Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon Servcies)
Inspector Eric Rochette is the officer in charge of the Port Alberni RCMP. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Homicides, arson kept Port Alberni RCMP busy in 2021

Number of suspicious fires increased across Vancouver Island

Inspector Eric Rochette is the officer in charge of the Port Alberni RCMP. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
B.C. Ferries MV Klitsa and crew will be doing extra duties tonight and overnight between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay, in an attempt to get travellers stranded by the closure of the Malahat due to heavy rains to their destination. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries sailing through the night between Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay

Closure of Malahat on Highway 1 prompts action to move traffic on South Island

  • Nov 15, 2021
B.C. Ferries MV Klitsa and crew will be doing extra duties tonight and overnight between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay, in an attempt to get travellers stranded by the closure of the Malahat due to heavy rains to their destination. (Black Press Media file photo)
Hwy. 4 between Tofino-Ucluelet and the rest of Vancouver Island has been shut down by a rockfall on Monday afternoon. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
Hwy. 4 between Tofino-Ucluelet and the rest of Vancouver Island has been shut down by a rockfall on Monday afternoon. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
Environment Canada issued heavy rain and wind warnings for Greater Victoria, and much of Vancouver Island, Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

Heavy rain, wind warnings issued for Vancouver Island

Up to 180 millimetres expected by noon, according to Environment Canada

Environment Canada issued heavy rain and wind warnings for Greater Victoria, and much of Vancouver Island, Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gill Elementary School is located on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

‘For sale’ sign will be going up on old Gill School in Port Alberni

Facility ‘surplus to our needs’ and needs expensive renovations, according to SD70

Gill Elementary School is located on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)