BC Flood

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)
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Evacuation order issued for Hatzic Prairie

Order issued by FVRD due to immediate danger to life, health, and property

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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)