B.C. Floods 2021

Fields on Tolmie Road in Abbotsford were still flooded on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The area is in the “lake bottom” portion of Sumas Prairie, where evacuation orders were lifted on Friday (Dec. 10). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

‘Worst days are behind us,’ says Abbotsford mayor about flooding situation

Henry Braun gives final flood press conference as he lifts final evacuation order

Fields on Tolmie Road in Abbotsford were still flooded on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The area is in the “lake bottom” portion of Sumas Prairie, where evacuation orders were lifted on Friday (Dec. 10). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
An evacuation order has been issued for 27111 Baker Road in Dogwood Valley as of 11:50 a.m. Dec. 10, 2021. (FVRD map)

Evacuation order in place for Dogwood Valley property outside of Hope

Property in a neighbourhood with a history of flood risk

An evacuation order has been issued for 27111 Baker Road in Dogwood Valley as of 11:50 a.m. Dec. 10, 2021. (FVRD map)
A chicken walks in front of a row of sandbags in Clayburn Village in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, November 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Fraser Valley farmers say they may be forced to leave industry as post-flood costs pile up

Farmers were already facing a tough future as many had little feed for their animals after heat waves in the summer

A chicken walks in front of a row of sandbags in Clayburn Village in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, November 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Qualicum Beach-based pilot Sigmund Bering Sort during one of his recent flood relief flights. (Sigmund Bering Sort photo)
Qualicum Beach-based pilot Sigmund Bering Sort during one of his recent flood relief flights. (Sigmund Bering Sort photo)
Farmer Avtar Dhillon was surprised to see that his saffron plants survived the	catastrophic flooding that hit the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford in mid-November.	(Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford saffron farm suffers major flood losses, but crop is in renewal

Small glimmer of hope amid devastating situation for Sumas Prairie family

Farmer Avtar Dhillon was surprised to see that his saffron plants survived the	catastrophic flooding that hit the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford in mid-November.	(Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
The District of Hope is working with the province to identify the most at-risk areas in Hope, and will be asking for “significant” funding for flood mitigation. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

District of Hope will ask province for ‘significant funding’ in wake of flooding events

Offloading costs of dike authority to municipalities isn’t working, says Hope mayor

The District of Hope is working with the province to identify the most at-risk areas in Hope, and will be asking for “significant” funding for flood mitigation. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Evacuation order lifted for south portion of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford

Orders have now been rescinded for three of the four areas impacted by flooding

Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Highway 1 at Bridal Falls looking east. (DriveBC)

Highway 1 fully reopened between Abbotsford, Hope

Still unnecessary travel on Highway 1 should be avoided through Fraser Valley, officials say

Highway 1 at Bridal Falls looking east. (DriveBC)
Mark Strahl joined the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association in delivering flood cleanup kits donated by GlobalMedic to those experiencing localized flooding issues in the Fraser Valley. (Mark Strahl/ Facebook)

‘Selfless and heroic actions’ taken by Fraser Valley residents during flood, says MP

Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl tells House of Commons about positive stories during flooding

Mark Strahl joined the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association in delivering flood cleanup kits donated by GlobalMedic to those experiencing localized flooding issues in the Fraser Valley. (Mark Strahl/ Facebook)
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.
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)