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Rains force Grouse Grind closure


The popular 2.9 kilometre trail has been closed since Monday.
The popular 2.9 kilometre trail has been closed since Monday.

Staff writers

November 1, 2012 — Continued rains in British Columbia have forced the closure of Metro Vancouver's popular Grouse Grind trail.

After a soggy week, still more rain is on the way for parts of B.C.
After a soggy week, still more rain is on the way for parts of B.C.

Metro Vancouver's popular Grouse Grind trail was still closed Thursday morning, thanks to heavy rains in British Columbia over the past week.

It first closed down on Monday, resulting from the combination of the heavy rains and some snow on the upper third.

"The possibility of debris flows is  something we're very mindful of," Spokesman Bill Morrell said Thursday morning.

"It is not arbitrary, it's based on very clear geomorphological data. Once that little formula triggers a closure, clearly we keep an eye on it."

He said the decision takes into account rainfall amounts over the last month, particularly the previous 48 hours.

 "I don't see a significant enough change happening in the weather over the next short while that would  cause it to reopen," he said.

"And of course, once we get snow on that trail, it is closed for the winter."

On Thursday, officials announced the trail would be closed for the season. 

While there are other parks and trails in the Vancouver area, few are as gruelling as the 2.9-kilometre Grouse Grind.

Rain has been pouring onto parts of British Columbia for the past few days.

The heavy rains triggered two mudslides in the community of Langley on Wednesday morning.

One home was evacuated, and there were no injuries reported.

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