You’ve got mail, but it’s likely going to be late.
Canada Post has issued a mail yellow delivery alert for Western Canada, warning that there are likely going to be delivery delays to communities across the region, including Vancouver Island, due to the impacts from flooding and mudslides across British Columbia.
“There are multiple road closures affecting ground transportation of mail and parcels across Western Canada, customers may experience some delays in receiving items,” a Canada Post spokesperson told CHEK News in an e-mail.
The Crown corporation has also issued a red delivery service alert for Merritt, saying that there won’t be any deliveries until conditions in the region improve.
British Columbia has been dealing with the aftermath of an atmospheric river that has caused widespread flooding and mudslides. As of Wednesday, the major highways linking the Lower Mainland to the Interior, eastern British Columbia, and the rest of Canada remain completely cut off due.
As of 4 p.m., the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) on the Lower Mainland between Abbotsford and Chilliwack remains closed in both directions due to flooding, according to DriveBC.
Highway 7 between Ruby Creek and the Trans-Canada Highway interchange is also closed in both directions due to a mudslide blocking the roadway from Johnson Slough Rest Area and Ross Road.
Highway 99 between Pemberton to Lillooet is also closed due to mudslides, as are a handful of highways in the Interior including large stretches of Highway 5 and Highway 1.
With essentially no major domestic highway access in or out of the Lower Mainland — making ground transportation difficult, if not impossible — and the busy holiday shopping season already underway, Canada Post says any letter mail or packages that cannot be delivered will be stored in secure facilities until further notice.
“We understand the impact this difficult situation is having on many people in B.C., and we are working hard to put contingency plans in place to restore or maintain postal services,” the spokesperson said.
The company encourages anyone expecting packages to track them on their website.