The Fraser River flood of 1948 devastated Agassiz-Harrison. The Agassiz Advance – the local paper at the time - was out of commission for several weeks due to the disaster. (File Photo/Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Archives)

The Fraser River flood of 1948 devastated Agassiz-Harrison. The Agassiz Advance – the local paper at the time - was out of commission for several weeks due to the disaster. (File Photo/Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Archives)

COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER WEEK: Amid cleanup, Agassiz Advance covered flood of ‘48

The flood of ‘48 devastated Agassiz-Harrison in incalculable ways.

The long-time local news publication The Agassiz-Harrison Advance had a gap in publication for more than a month due to being under three feet of water and their share of silt dredged up by the flooding of the Fraser River in the spring of 1948.

After countless hours of cleaning and repairing broken machinery, The Advance was up and running again on July 8, 1948.

“Here is the first post-flood edition of the Advance, and we hope you will find as much pleasure reading it as we did producing it,” a brief column reads. “To everyone who has suffered during the flood, the Advance and its members of the staff wish you a speedy recovery and success in your rehabilitation.”

Much of the coverage archived in subsequent editions of The Advance and at the Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Archives came from Vancouver publications.

Working in tandem with their fellow journalists, reporters with The Advance made sure the flood of ‘48 and all the tragedy and triumph that came with it would not be forgotten, even as they themselves worked to pick up the pieces and start again.

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