The B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency to support recovery efforts from the widespread damage caused by severe flooding and landslides.
Several faculty members from UBC Civil Engineering spoke to media to offer their analysis and expertise on the challenges ahead with infrastructure rebuilding:
Coquihalla Highway reopens today ahead of schedule – CBC’s The Current with Matt Galloway (Audio), December 20
Dr. Amy Kim talks about making highways like the Coquihalla more resilient to climate change.
Flooding in B.C. has overwhelmed the sewage systems of smaller communities – The Globe and Mail, November 27
Dr. Pierre Bérubé speaks to The Globe and Mail on challenges associated with rebuilding the sewage system in Merritt due to the flooding.
When surging floods meet expanding pipelines – The Tyee, November 23
Dr. Dharma Wijewickreme gave comments about using pipelines to transport fluid over long distances, and the risks that floods pose to pipeline infrastructure
Rebuilding B.C. – Calgary Eyeopener (Audio), November 18
Dr. Jonathan Fannin was interviewed about reopening roads and rebuilding bridges after the landslide damage in B.C.
Devastation continues to mount in rain- and flood-stricken southwestern B.C. – CBC News, November 17
Dr. Jonathan Fannin was quoted discussing the aftermath of the B.C. storm and the challenges that might lie ahead in rebuilding from the damage.