Several areas in Abbotsford have been downgraded earlier today (Monday, Nov. 22) from an evacuation order to an alert.
Parts of Sumas Prairie north of Highway 1, as well as north of Sumas Way and Whatcom Road were all moved down to alert.
Much of Sumas Prairie south and east of Highway 1 remains under alert.
UPDATE NOV 22 12:30PM -The Evacuation Order has been downgraded to an Alert for Sumas Prairie North of Highway 1 between Sumas Way and Whatcom Road.
Residents can now go back into this area. Please be aware that you may be evacuated again if the situation escalates. pic.twitter.com/pWrPUvtkXg
— City of Abbotsford (@City_Abbotsford) November 22, 2021
Residents are allowed to return to homes in those areas, but should be aware that evacuation is possible again if the situation worsens.
As a reminder, an alert is the time to get prepared to leave your home on short notice, pack your bags, your emergency plan and important documents and mementos. Following that, listen to local emergency officials.
An order states for all to leave the area immediately, follow the directions of local emergency officials and evacuate using the route recommended.
For everyone involved with the rescind, it is recommended to fill the gas tank of your personal vehicle and prepare for a minimum of three days of food and essential supplies.
For more information, visit abbotsford.ca.