Winter Storm Fallsed By More Than 30 Inches of Snow in British Columbia

Residents in some regions of British Columbia have been rationing gasoline, and some roads have been closed due to washed out highways after an icy and snow-swept snowstorm dumped more than 25 inches of snow in the region.

Water and electric service in some areas also has been knocked out, said a spokesman with British Columbia Emergency Management.

Roads were closed in several areas, and other areas, including the B.C. Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island were being told to allow for travel only if absolutely necessary.

“That’s caused some frustration with the travel aspect,” said John Humphreys, media relations officer for B.C. Hydro.

Meanwhile, evacuations are in effect because of downed power lines in some areas.

Humphreys said that there have been “a lot of problems” on B.C.’s Highway 1, which was partially closed from Cache Creek to Mission due to a pole that fell onto the road.

Drivers are urged to seek alternate routes, warned Humphreys.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in the province Wednesday morning to survey damage caused by the winter storm.

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