BC Flood

Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Nearly 15,000 people were forced from their homes in southwestern B.C., where repairs on some severed highways and bridges have been made while the Coquihalla Highway, a major route to B.C.’s Interior, is expected to remain closed until late January. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Volunteers join forces to help clean up after unprecedented flooding in Abbotsford

Flood damage across B.C. is expected to cost $450 million

Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Nearly 15,000 people were forced from their homes in southwestern B.C., where repairs on some severed highways and bridges have been made while the Coquihalla Highway, a major route to B.C.’s Interior, is expected to remain closed until late January. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Debris from receding flood waters is pictured along a road as heavy rains form an atmospheric river continue in Abbotsford, B.C., Nov. 30. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

B.C.’s flooding was ‘most costly’ severe weather event ever for province: insurance experts

Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates $450 million in insured damage from recent flooding

Debris from receding flood waters is pictured along a road as heavy rains form an atmospheric river continue in Abbotsford, B.C., Nov. 30. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Ministry of Transportation staff survey the damage at the last remaining northbound strand of Bottletop Bridge. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

VIDEO: Crews working around the clock to repair storm-ravaged Coquihalla

Ministry of Transportation says they’re confident the highway will reopen in January

Ministry of Transportation staff survey the damage at the last remaining northbound strand of Bottletop Bridge. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Hope residents have jumped in to remove debris from the Coquihalla River in Hope, following the storm that destroyed homes and property up river. (Submitted photo)

Trash and treasures all need to be removed from Hope-area riverbed after flooding

Car parts, photographs and more being cleaned up by volunteers following catastrophic floods

Hope residents have jumped in to remove debris from the Coquihalla River in Hope, following the storm that destroyed homes and property up river. (Submitted photo)
Lina Azeez (right), Roxanna Kooistra, both of Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and Lincoln Froese, talking about the Connected Waters Campaign, on Aug. 12, 2016 near the Fraser River in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Building better flood protection means making it more fish-friendly: Watershed Watch

With post-flood repair money coming, it’s time to consider threatened salmon stocks, say advocates

Lina Azeez (right), Roxanna Kooistra, both of Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and Lincoln Froese, talking about the Connected Waters Campaign, on Aug. 12, 2016 near the Fraser River in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Fields on Tolmie Road in Abbotsford were still flooded on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The area is in the “lake bottom” portion of Sumas Prairie, where evacuation orders were lifted on Friday (Dec. 10). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

‘Worst days are behind us,’ says Abbotsford mayor about flooding situation

Henry Braun gives final flood press conference as he lifts final evacuation order

Fields on Tolmie Road in Abbotsford were still flooded on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The area is in the “lake bottom” portion of Sumas Prairie, where evacuation orders were lifted on Friday (Dec. 10). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
An evacuation order has been issued for 27111 Baker Road in Dogwood Valley as of 11:50 a.m. Dec. 10, 2021. (FVRD map)

Evacuation order in place for Dogwood Valley property outside of Hope

Property in a neighbourhood with a history of flood risk

An evacuation order has been issued for 27111 Baker Road in Dogwood Valley as of 11:50 a.m. Dec. 10, 2021. (FVRD map)
Crews work to repair the Coquihalla at Kingsvale Bridge, about 38 km south of Merritt, on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Coquihalla work going better than expected, B.C. minister says

Highway could reopen to essential traffic in early January

Crews work to repair the Coquihalla at Kingsvale Bridge, about 38 km south of Merritt, on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Farmer Avtar Dhillon was surprised to see that his saffron plants survived the	catastrophic flooding that hit the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford in mid-November.	(Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford saffron farm suffers major flood losses, but crop is in renewal

Small glimmer of hope amid devastating situation for Sumas Prairie family

Farmer Avtar Dhillon was surprised to see that his saffron plants survived the	catastrophic flooding that hit the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford in mid-November.	(Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
The District of Hope is working with the province to identify the most at-risk areas in Hope, and will be asking for “significant” funding for flood mitigation. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

District of Hope will ask province for ‘significant funding’ in wake of flooding events

Offloading costs of dike authority to municipalities isn’t working, says Hope mayor

The District of Hope is working with the province to identify the most at-risk areas in Hope, and will be asking for “significant” funding for flood mitigation. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Evacuation order lifted for south portion of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford

Orders have now been rescinded for three of the four areas impacted by flooding

Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Tyrone McNeil, tribal chief of Sto:lo Tribal Council, and chair of the Emergency Planning Secretariat. (Facebook/Seabird Island screenshot)

Indigenous-led action plan focused on flood management for entire Lower Mainland

Planning must take increasing regularity of climate change disasters into account, says tribal chief

Tyrone McNeil, tribal chief of Sto:lo Tribal Council, and chair of the Emergency Planning Secretariat. (Facebook/Seabird Island screenshot)
Highway 1 at Bridal Falls looking east. (DriveBC)

Highway 1 fully reopened between Abbotsford, Hope

Still unnecessary travel on Highway 1 should be avoided through Fraser Valley, officials say

Highway 1 at Bridal Falls looking east. (DriveBC)
Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. safety agency issues worker hazard warnings for flooding cleanup

Risks may include asbestos and chemical or biological contamination, among others

Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Mark Strahl joined the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association in delivering flood cleanup kits donated by GlobalMedic to those experiencing localized flooding issues in the Fraser Valley. (Mark Strahl/ Facebook)

‘Selfless and heroic actions’ taken by Fraser Valley residents during flood, says MP

Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl tells House of Commons about positive stories during flooding

Mark Strahl joined the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association in delivering flood cleanup kits donated by GlobalMedic to those experiencing localized flooding issues in the Fraser Valley. (Mark Strahl/ Facebook)
Volunteers rallied to fill and place sandbags during the worst of the Fraser Valley flooding, but now those sandbags need to be disposed of. (Submitted photo)

City of Chilliwack offers two locations for sandbag disposal

With flood waters receding, thousands of sandbags need to be safely dealt with

Volunteers rallied to fill and place sandbags during the worst of the Fraser Valley flooding, but now those sandbags need to be disposed of. (Submitted photo)
A collapsed section of bridge destroyed by severe flooding is seen in Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Nearly 300 still in the dark in flood-ravaged Merritt area as BC Hydro works to restore power

City was evacuated on Nov. 15 when heavy rains led to river overflowing

A collapsed section of bridge destroyed by severe flooding is seen in Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
All proceeds from music festival ‘Vestival 14’ will go towards the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund. (Marcel Faucheret)

Chilliwack band holds ‘Vestival’ concert for Fraser Valley flood relief

All proceeds from benefit concert go to Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund

All proceeds from music festival ‘Vestival 14’ will go towards the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund. (Marcel Faucheret)
The view of Cultus Lake from Sunnyside Campground a few days after the flooding. (Facebook/Betty Ann Kickbush Bedard)

Crisis Cleanup volunteers ready to roll into flood-damaged areas across the Lower Mainland

Cleanup volunteers can cut fallen trees, remove drywall, tarp roofs, help with mould mitigation

The view of Cultus Lake from Sunnyside Campground a few days after the flooding. (Facebook/Betty Ann Kickbush Bedard)
The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with the distillery, crops, equipment, houses and barns on the property. (Photos by Caroline Mostertman)

Abbotsford farmer and winery owner shares thoughts on devastating flood losses

Ripples Winery among the casualties in catastrophic flooding on Sumas Prairie

  • Dec 6, 2021
The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with the distillery, crops, equipment, houses and barns on the property. (Photos by Caroline Mostertman)