BC Flood

Sumas Prairie flooding sparks an evacuation alert, Nov. 17, 2022. (City of Abbotsford)

B.C. expands disaster flood assistance for farmers, small businesses

Rental unit owners, businesses with at least $10K income qualify

Sumas Prairie flooding sparks an evacuation alert, Nov. 17, 2022. (City of Abbotsford)
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun told a senate committee on April 28, 2022 that the region is in urgent and desperate need for funds from senior levels of government to upgrade its diking system and other flood-mitigation infrastructure. (City of Abbotsford photo)

Flood funds needed now, Abbotsford mayor and FVRD chair tell senate committee

Henry Braun and Jason Lum speak as witnesses at federal meeting reviewing 2021 B.C. floods

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun told a senate committee on April 28, 2022 that the region is in urgent and desperate need for funds from senior levels of government to upgrade its diking system and other flood-mitigation infrastructure. (City of Abbotsford photo)
The Fraserglen Golf Course and Training Centre driving range was struck by disaster again during the historic flood of November 2021. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford’s Fraserglen Golf Course recovering from historic flood

The historic November 2021 flood wasn’t the first time golf course went under water

The Fraserglen Golf Course and Training Centre driving range was struck by disaster again during the historic flood of November 2021. (Submitted photo)
Paulus Velt, far right, whose home was washed away and farm destroyed during the November floods, speaks with Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald as he shows her and Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnie Lampreau (Swakum), second left, where his home once stood on his property on the Nicola River, west of Merritt, B.C., on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. flood survivor warns others to check insurance amid rising climate disasters

About 800,000 properties in high-risk zones across Canada remain ineligible for coverage

Paulus Velt, far right, whose home was washed away and farm destroyed during the November floods, speaks with Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald as he shows her and Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnie Lampreau (Swakum), second left, where his home once stood on his property on the Nicola River, west of Merritt, B.C., on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rob Tiessen was presented with a Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association hoodie by the U15 A2 team Camp Squeah took in during last November’s flooding. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack hockey team pays back kindness shown by Hope’s Camp Squeah

The teenagers found shelter and food at the camp during last November’s flooding

Rob Tiessen was presented with a Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association hoodie by the U15 A2 team Camp Squeah took in during last November’s flooding. (submitted photo)
Princeton Mayor Spencer Coyne (reflective vest) consoles a resident as he and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth tour the flood-damaged community, Dec. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. commits $53.6 million to rebuild 10 flood-struck communities

Temporary housing includes Princeton, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission

Princeton Mayor Spencer Coyne (reflective vest) consoles a resident as he and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth tour the flood-damaged community, Dec. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
The B.C. government is crowd-sourcing pictures and locations like this one of debris from the November flooding in southern Interior waterways. (Ministry of Environment)

B.C. deploys helicopters to extract debris from flood-struck rivers

Lifts begin from Nicola, Thompson and Coldwater Rivers

The B.C. government is crowd-sourcing pictures and locations like this one of debris from the November flooding in southern Interior waterways. (Ministry of Environment)
A home on Othello Road near Hope about to fall into the Coquihalla River, November 2021. (Facebook/Sarah Giraud)

B.C. urges residents to check their fire, flood insurance this year

Provincial disaster assistance not available for wildfire losses

A home on Othello Road near Hope about to fall into the Coquihalla River, November 2021. (Facebook/Sarah Giraud)
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and other Community Heroes dropped the puck at the Rogers Arena, Saturday April 9. Photo Vancouver Canucks.

Abbotsford mayor honoured as ‘Community Hero’ by Vancouver Canucks, drops game puck

Mayor Henry Braun and other honourees celebrated at April 9 game versus San Jose Sharks

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and other Community Heroes dropped the puck at the Rogers Arena, Saturday April 9. Photo Vancouver Canucks.
Juilet Bridge on the Coquihalla highway. (B.C. Transportation)

B.C. says highways are prepared for spring runoff

B.C. River Forecast Centre says there is an ‘increased risk’ of freshet flooding

Juilet Bridge on the Coquihalla highway. (B.C. Transportation)
A camper, green bin, mobile home and household debris floating in the Tulameen River. (BC Government photo)

PHOTOS: B.C. still finding cars, homes, debris in major rivers after November floods

Just this week, numerous vehicles and structures were removed from B.C. waterways

A camper, green bin, mobile home and household debris floating in the Tulameen River. (BC Government photo)
Near the No. 3 Road exit as seen from Highway 1 on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Canada China Chamber of Commerce donates $5,650 to farmers affected by floods

Money went to BC Agriculture Council’s ‘Fund for Farmers’ to support B.C. farming community

Near the No. 3 Road exit as seen from Highway 1 on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, left, and Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnie Lampreau (Swakum) view damage to Shackan land caused by last summer’s wildfires and November’s flooding west of Merritt, B.C., on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Chief of B.C. First Nation struck by wildfires, floods says moving may be safest bet

Threat of extreme weather is a constant concern, Shackan leader tells public safety minister

B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, left, and Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnie Lampreau (Swakum) view damage to Shackan land caused by last summer’s wildfires and November’s flooding west of Merritt, B.C., on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The provincial ‘flood debris explorer’ is asking the public to pinpoint remaining flood debris in waterways across the Fraser Valley Regional District. (BC Government)

Public asked to pinpoint remaining flood debris across vast Fraser Valley Regional District

Vehicles, sheds and trailers can pose public safety risks if not removed from rivers, creeks

The provincial ‘flood debris explorer’ is asking the public to pinpoint remaining flood debris in waterways across the Fraser Valley Regional District. (BC Government)
The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with houses and barns on the property. (Photos by Caroline Mostertman)

Emergency preparedness ministers say a national flood insurance program is needed

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for emergency preparedness are working to…

The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with houses and barns on the property. (Photos by Caroline Mostertman)
It needs a lot of work, but Kim and Todd Davidson are delighted to be back home. Photo Andrea DeMeer

A hot plate and $70,000 later, Princeton couple is ‘glamping’ in their flood damaged home

‘It’s my own bathtub, my own toilet. I don’t care if it’s unfinished.’

It needs a lot of work, but Kim and Todd Davidson are delighted to be back home. Photo Andrea DeMeer
Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

No-cost mental health help offer extended for Lower Mainland farmers affected by flooding

Do More Foundation, Telus MyCare extended offer to the end of March

Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Steve Nicklen, one of the individuals who supports migrant farm workers, repairing bikes at his home in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

Volunteers to donate 200 bikes to migrant farm workers impacted by B.C. flooding

Seek help repairing bikes in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Steve Nicklen, one of the individuals who supports migrant farm workers, repairing bikes at his home in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)
The diking system on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford is among future infrastructure upgrades that are estimated to cost $3 billion, according to the city. Several breaches to the system, which have since been repaired, occurred during the November floods. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Abbotsford flood-recovery costs could hit $120M, but future upgrades estimated at $3B

City to consider various funding sources to improve dikes and other infrastructure

The diking system on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford is among future infrastructure upgrades that are estimated to cost $3 billion, according to the city. Several breaches to the system, which have since been repaired, occurred during the November floods. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
An injection of $500,000 will help microgrants through the United Way to thousands who experienced extreme flooding in Fraser Valley Indigenous communities, as well as farmers and migrant workers. (United Way British Columbia)

Flood-torn communities of Fraser Valley to get $500K through United Way microgrants

Funding from Southern Railway, Washington Companies to aid in recovery, rebuilding

An injection of $500,000 will help microgrants through the United Way to thousands who experienced extreme flooding in Fraser Valley Indigenous communities, as well as farmers and migrant workers. (United Way British Columbia)