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Woman creates extensive list of flood resources to help evacuees and volunteers

Several people rescued when police overloaded, thanks to Fraser Valley Flood Resources database
Flood waters cover Highway 1 in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A former Fraser Valley woman has created a helpful Google doc chock-full of resources to assist flood victims and volunteers who’d like to help out.

Kimberly Gillard, who is originally from Abbotsford and now lives in Vancouver, created the Fraser Valley Flood Resources database file on Tuesday, Nov. 16 and posted it to Facebook.

It’s a way for evacuees and those stranded to get necessary help, and for those who want to volunteer to know where help is needed. (See Google doc at the end of this story).

“I have been personally combing through various Facebook groups to update the document with pertinent information as quickly as I can,” Gillard said on Thursday, Nov. 18.

The document includes info on evacuation centres, donation drop-offs, free boat shuttles and has constant flood and highway updates.

She’s been working hard to update the document on an hourly basis for the past two days.

As a result, donations have been made, shelter has been offered to people and animals, dogs and cats have been rescued and 800 to 1,200 animals have been able to receive water.

“We also helped more than four different groups get emergency rescue when the police were overloaded,” she said.

In two days, more than 2,800 people have clicked the document and have used the sheet.

“The community has been an enormous help in these difficult times,” she said. “It wouldn’t be possible without the whole community coming together.”

To get info added to the sheet, contact Gillard on Facebook or text 604-217-2222. Gillard is asking people to text instead of call so she has a text record of the info sent.

Scroll through the Google doc below, or see it online.


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Jenna Hauck

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I started my career at The Chilliwack Progress in 2000 as a photojournalist.
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