BC Flood

An evacuation order for the “central” portion of Sumas Prairie was lifted Monday (Dec. 6). An order for the north portion was lifted Friday (Dec. 3), but the south and “lake bottom” areas remain under evacuation orders.

Evacuation order lifted for central portion of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford

Mayor Henry Braun extends local state of emergency by another week

An evacuation order for the “central” portion of Sumas Prairie was lifted Monday (Dec. 6). An order for the north portion was lifted Friday (Dec. 3), but the south and “lake bottom” areas remain under evacuation orders.
Members of the Canadian Forces build a temporary dike with sandbags behind houses on Clayburn Creek in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. flood recovery moves to cleanup of damaged materials

Some Canadian Forces soldiers begin transferring out

Members of the Canadian Forces build a temporary dike with sandbags behind houses on Clayburn Creek in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund has grown to $1.5 million (as of Dec. 6) in support of victims of the catastrophic flooding that hit Sumas Prairie and beyond starting in mid-November. (Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)

Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund reaches $1.5M to help flood victims

Money is now being distributed to on-the-ground relief agencies

The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund has grown to $1.5 million (as of Dec. 6) in support of victims of the catastrophic flooding that hit Sumas Prairie and beyond starting in mid-November. (Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)
Transportation Minister Rob Fleming (File Photo)

Highway 7 to open Monday afternoon: B.C. Transportation Minister

Hwy. 7 currently open to essential travel only

Transportation Minister Rob Fleming (File Photo)
Crews build an erosion control embankment along Hwy. 3 on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

B.C.’s storm recovery ‘trending in the right direction,’ but gas rationing to remain

Province is entering recovery efforts as storms subside

Crews build an erosion control embankment along Hwy. 3 on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
A property in Sumas Prairie as seen from Highway 1 on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Risk of drinking-water contamination from manure increased in flooded areas, says province

Owners advised to assess private wells, take action to protect anyone drinking the water

A property in Sumas Prairie as seen from Highway 1 on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Water flows across Rockwell Drive into Harrison Lake following massive floods and landslides that left hundreds stranded across the Fraser Valley and a portion of Rockwell Drive partially destroyed and evacuated. (Photo/KHSAR)

Three weeks after flood, District of Kent’s Rockwell Drive reopens

MOTI advises continued vigilance watching road conditions

Water flows across Rockwell Drive into Harrison Lake following massive floods and landslides that left hundreds stranded across the Fraser Valley and a portion of Rockwell Drive partially destroyed and evacuated. (Photo/KHSAR)
B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham meets with farmers in the flood-damaged Sumas Prairie in the Fraser Valley, Nov. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Federal agriculture minister to tour Fraser Valley flood zone

B.C. minister says Ottawa program can fill disaster gaps

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham meets with farmers in the flood-damaged Sumas Prairie in the Fraser Valley, Nov. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Photo taken of the damage to a section of Highway 11, and shared to social media on Nov. 15 by Abbotsford Police.

Highway 11 reopens between Abbotsford and Mission

Busy transit route has been closed since Nov. 15; single lane in both directions now open

Photo taken of the damage to a section of Highway 11, and shared to social media on Nov. 15 by Abbotsford Police.
Rob Hislop and his spouse Tammy were visiting family in Chilliwack for the weekend of Nov. 12 when they discovered with frustration they wouldn’t be returning to Salmon Arm. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Floodwaters in Chilliwack bring inspiration for Salmon Arm couple

A shift to ‘smelling the roses’ while stranded changes a week away

Rob Hislop and his spouse Tammy were visiting family in Chilliwack for the weekend of Nov. 12 when they discovered with frustration they wouldn’t be returning to Salmon Arm. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Crews work to get the Trans Mountain pipeline running again after a series of storms in B.C. (Trans Mountain)

Trans Mountain pipeline restarts after weeks-long closure due to B.C. floods, landslides

The Trans Mountain pipeline restarted Sunday (Dec. 5), the company said in…

Crews work to get the Trans Mountain pipeline running again after a series of storms in B.C. (Trans Mountain)
The slide occurred at approximately 12 p.m., Dec. 1. No one was hurt. Patrick Penner / Mission Record.

GoFundMe for landslide victims started by Mission Downtown Business Association

Home belongs to Ruth Janes, owner of English Tarts of 1st Avenue

The slide occurred at approximately 12 p.m., Dec. 1. No one was hurt. Patrick Penner / Mission Record.
A home has its foundation ripped away by the Coquihalla River near Hope, B.C., Thursday, December 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Financial assistance for flood-ravaged households, businesses expanded to cover more of B.C.

Approved claims between $1,000 and $300,000 will be covered up to 80%

A home has its foundation ripped away by the Coquihalla River near Hope, B.C., Thursday, December 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Crews work to clear a mudslide between Lil’wat Place and Texas Creek Road near Lillooet on Hwy. 99. (BC Transportation)

Highway 99 reopens to essential traffic following Dec. 1 mudslide

Drivers are warned the road can close if conditions change

Crews work to clear a mudslide between Lil’wat Place and Texas Creek Road near Lillooet on Hwy. 99. (BC Transportation)
Construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. The precautionary shut down of the Trans Mountain pipeline continues, but British Columbia’s gasoline supply is secure for now. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Trans Mountain pipeline set to restart after weeks shutdown

The pipeline was shut down by the Nov. 14 atmospheric river

Construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. The precautionary shut down of the Trans Mountain pipeline continues, but British Columbia’s gasoline supply is secure for now. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
From left, Paul Natrall, Isabelle Molloy, Evan Gabriel and Daisy Friesen hold the thank-you cards they made for community heroes following the Fraser Valley floods. The Tyson elementary students later delivered their cards to people in the community. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Chilliwack elementary class makes thank-you cards for community heroes following floods

‘They deserve to be remembered, they need to be thought of,’ says Grade 4 Tyson elementary student

From left, Paul Natrall, Isabelle Molloy, Evan Gabriel and Daisy Friesen hold the thank-you cards they made for community heroes following the Fraser Valley floods. The Tyson elementary students later delivered their cards to people in the community. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Flood waters are seen from a plane covering the fields and surrounding area of Abbotsford, B.C., Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. British Columbia’s finance minister says it’s still too early to put a price tag on the cleanup and repairs ahead following the recent devastating floods and slides in southern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

No solid numbers to gauge flood damage repair costs, says B.C. finance minister

Lack of hard data and preliminary damage estimates also contributed to the “mixed bag” of estimates

Flood waters are seen from a plane covering the fields and surrounding area of Abbotsford, B.C., Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. British Columbia’s finance minister says it’s still too early to put a price tag on the cleanup and repairs ahead following the recent devastating floods and slides in southern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Lana Popham, B.C. agriculture minister, said only two per cent of the annual provincial turkey production has been lost due to recent flooding. (Jill Hayward photo)

98% of turkeys survived flooding, says B.C. Agriculture Minister

However, flooding could affect the cost of Christmas turkeys, says Lana Popham

Lana Popham, B.C. agriculture minister, said only two per cent of the annual provincial turkey production has been lost due to recent flooding. (Jill Hayward photo)
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun introduced the city’s Return Home Plan for flood evacuees on Friday (Dec. 3). The plan divides Sumas Prairie into four areas in which evacuation orders will be lifted as floodwaters recede. Braun announced on Friday that the north area (in blue) is the first one to have the order rescinded.
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun introduced the city’s Return Home Plan for flood evacuees on Friday (Dec. 3). The plan divides Sumas Prairie into four areas in which evacuation orders will be lifted as floodwaters recede. Braun announced on Friday that the north area (in blue) is the first one to have the order rescinded.
Flooding of a Sumas Prairie farm on Nov. 23. The family farm owners don’t expect to be able to access their property for a few weeks. (Tiffany de Leeuw/CP photo)

B.C. flood warning system inadequate, understaffed: Report

Shortfall of river forecasting staff resources cited back in 2010

Flooding of a Sumas Prairie farm on Nov. 23. The family farm owners don’t expect to be able to access their property for a few weeks. (Tiffany de Leeuw/CP photo)