BC Flood

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)
Emil Anderson road crews have been busy for days cleaning up and repairing a flood-damaged Rockwell Drive (Photo/Ryan Kehler)

Harrison Mayor, council salute volunteers and workers handling flooding crisis

Utility services were uninterrupted in the village, Mayor says

Emil Anderson road crews have been busy for days cleaning up and repairing a flood-damaged Rockwell Drive (Photo/Ryan Kehler)
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)
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
An evacuation order was cancelled for five properties along Chilliwack Lake Road on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (FVRD)

2 evacuation orders cancelled for properties near Chilliwack, Agassiz: FVRD

Order rescinded for Camperland on Bridal Falls Road and 5 properties on Chilliwack Lake Road

An evacuation order was cancelled for five properties along Chilliwack Lake Road on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (FVRD)