B.C. Floods 2021

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Order rescinded for Camperland on Bridal Falls Road and 5 properties on Chilliwack Lake Road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