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Snow forecast for areas of B.C. won’t affect the flood situation, and in fact will lessen effects, says Andrew Giles, of the B.C. River Forecast Centre. Pictured here, work in Washington state. (Black Press file)

Upcoming snowfall won’t affect B.C. flooding situation, say officials

Work to repair roads and infrastructure taking place says B.C. transportation minister

Snow forecast for areas of B.C. won’t affect the flood situation, and in fact will lessen effects, says Andrew Giles, of the B.C. River Forecast Centre. Pictured here, work in Washington state. (Black Press file)
Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, and Princeton Mayor Spencer Coyne, toured flood areas Friday, Dec. 2. Photo Andrea DeMeer
Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, and Princeton Mayor Spencer Coyne, toured flood areas Friday, Dec. 2. Photo Andrea DeMeer
A  locomotive and its cars that were knocked off of the train track by heavy rains and mudslides earlier in the week is pictured in the Fraser Canyon near Hope, B.C., Thursday, November 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

CN looks to reopen tracks in southern B.C. this weekend after second network shutdown

Some traffic has been diverted to the Port of Prince Rupert, which remains fully operational

A  locomotive and its cars that were knocked off of the train track by heavy rains and mudslides earlier in the week is pictured in the Fraser Canyon near Hope, B.C., Thursday, November 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Homeowner Keith Lohnes (right) and Macro worker Duane Don were happy to have worked together to save Lohnes home and several others from damaging flood waters at the east end of Kawkawa Lake on Sunday and Monday. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Kawkawa Lake residents get help from pipeline workers staying in Hope

A dozen workers came to the rescue to help as rains continued to fall

Homeowner Keith Lohnes (right) and Macro worker Duane Don were happy to have worked together to save Lohnes home and several others from damaging flood waters at the east end of Kawkawa Lake on Sunday and Monday. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
An Abbotsford woman created this painting and auctioned it off as a way to help raise money for the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund. (Shaina Conn Instagram)

Abbotsford woman raises close to $1,000 for flood relief with cow painting

Sumas Prairie resident Shaina Conn’s creation captures moment of heroism during floods

An Abbotsford woman created this painting and auctioned it off as a way to help raise money for the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund. (Shaina Conn Instagram)
A home has its foundation ripped away by the Coquihalla River near Hope, B.C., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Disaster expert urges those affected by B.C. flooding to take care of mental health

Effects could include anxiety, depression or even post-traumatic stress disorder

A home has its foundation ripped away by the Coquihalla River near Hope, B.C., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A Tiger Dam is placed across all lanes of the closed Trans-Canada Highway near the flooded Sumas River, in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Worst of B.C. weather over; massive cleanup, rebuild ahead, says government

Restoring farms and transportation routes, getting people back in their homes now the focus

A Tiger Dam is placed across all lanes of the closed Trans-Canada Highway near the flooded Sumas River, in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Houses along the Coquihalla River, such as these ones as of Nov. 29, remain in danger as winter weather sets in for the weekend. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Local state of emergency extended into next week for Hope

Continuing danger to some homes in area gives mayor concern as work carries on

Houses along the Coquihalla River, such as these ones as of Nov. 29, remain in danger as winter weather sets in for the weekend. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Team Rubicon Canada members Ron Sine and Jeff Becker at Leisure Valley Estates on Nov. 24, 2021. (Team Rubicon Canada)

Disaster response experts touch down in Fraser Valley Regional District’s evacuated areas

Team Rubicon Canada here to help FVRD plan for clearing homes of mud when it’s safe to do so

Team Rubicon Canada members Ron Sine and Jeff Becker at Leisure Valley Estates on Nov. 24, 2021. (Team Rubicon Canada)
Much of the eastern Sumas Prairie is still covered in floodwaters as shown on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said on Thursday that it will take at least another two or three weeks for the waters to be completely pumped out. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

At least another 2 or 3 weeks before floodwaters are gone, says Abbotsford mayor

Henry Braun says levels are still five to six feet deep in eastern Sumas Prairie

Much of the eastern Sumas Prairie is still covered in floodwaters as shown on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said on Thursday that it will take at least another two or three weeks for the waters to be completely pumped out. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
Aerial view of flooded farmland at Abbotsford, Nov. 22, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Fraser Valley farms begin cleanup as B.C. flood water recedes

Thousands of dead animals still to be removed

Aerial view of flooded farmland at Abbotsford, Nov. 22, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Aerial view of flooded farmland at Abbotsford, Nov. 22, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Fraser Valley farms begin cleanup as B.C. flood water recedes

Thousands of dead animals still to be removed

Aerial view of flooded farmland at Abbotsford, Nov. 22, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Logs have crashed through windows, and a significant amount of mud has entered the home. Patrick Penner / Mission Record.

PHOTOS: Mission house buried by landslide after private road collapses

City of Mission declares local state of emergency after access to 3 homes cut off

Logs have crashed through windows, and a significant amount of mud has entered the home. Patrick Penner / Mission Record.
Amanda Christmas stands by the Sumas River in Abbotsford during the filming in February 2021 of the short documentary Lost Lake: Gone but not Forgotten. (Photo by Amanda Christmas)

Sumas Lake film from early 2021 asks: What happens if Barrowtown pumps in Abbotsford fail?

Director Amanda Christmas was shocked that hypothetical situation almost became reality

Amanda Christmas stands by the Sumas River in Abbotsford during the filming in February 2021 of the short documentary Lost Lake: Gone but not Forgotten. (Photo by Amanda Christmas)
Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Hope in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)

Highway 1 reopens from Abbotsford to Hope

No travel restrictions, but drivers urged to limit to essential purposes

Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Hope in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)
A Tiger Dam has been placed across all lanes of the closed Trans-Canada Highway near the flooded Sumas River, in Abbotsford, B.C., as shown on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Relief for B.C. as weather warnings lifted; flood warnings and evacuations remain

River Forecast Centre also lifted all flood watches on Vancouver Island and the central coast

A Tiger Dam has been placed across all lanes of the closed Trans-Canada Highway near the flooded Sumas River, in Abbotsford, B.C., as shown on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Water streams across Highway 1 at Herrling Island on Dec. 1, illustrating some of the issues that crews are still working on in the region, keeping the stretch of the highway from Hope to Chilliwack closed. (Emil Anderson photo)

Images show swift runoff water flowing over closed Highway 1 section near Hope

Emil Anderson images chronicling the work and hazards along key transport route

Water streams across Highway 1 at Herrling Island on Dec. 1, illustrating some of the issues that crews are still working on in the region, keeping the stretch of the highway from Hope to Chilliwack closed. (Emil Anderson photo)
Crews are on site Thursday morning (Dec. 2) to remove the Tiger Dam across Highway 1 at Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Tiger Dam on Highway 1 in Abbotsford is coming down

Crews are on site Thursday morning; no word yet on freeway reopening

Crews are on site Thursday morning (Dec. 2) to remove the Tiger Dam across Highway 1 at Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Chilliwack-based pet food company Petcurean donated thousands of meals to pets throughout the flooding crisis in B.C. (Petcurean photo)
Chilliwack-based pet food company Petcurean donated thousands of meals to pets throughout the flooding crisis in B.C. (Petcurean photo)