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The provincial government has brought in heavy duty machinery to help shore up riverbanks, clear debris and fix roads in Hope today (Dec. 1, 2021). (Shelley Empey photo)

‘Not out of the woods yet,’ says Hope mayor as third atmospheric river passes

Province starts on critical repairs in Hope following devastating flood damage

The provincial government has brought in heavy duty machinery to help shore up riverbanks, clear debris and fix roads in Hope today (Dec. 1, 2021). (Shelley Empey photo)
Highway 1 has been blocked with a tiger dam since Sunday, preventing travel between Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (APD photo)

Teachers bused, using other accommodations to deal with highway issues in Fraser Valley

Highway closure has led Abbotsford and Chilliwack teachers to use shuttle or stay in hotels

Highway 1 has been blocked with a tiger dam since Sunday, preventing travel between Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (APD photo)
Traffic backs up along the Lougheed Highway in the Harrison Mills area. In addition to mudslides and congestion, some drivers faced down a five-foot pothole that disabled multiple vehicles, according to eyewitnesses. (Photo/Russell Purcell)

UPDATE: Traffic slows along Hwy 7 after truck stalls, witnesses say

Stay connected to The Observer for the latest flooding information

Traffic backs up along the Lougheed Highway in the Harrison Mills area. In addition to mudslides and congestion, some drivers faced down a five-foot pothole that disabled multiple vehicles, according to eyewitnesses. (Photo/Russell Purcell)
Chilliwack Search and Rescue vehicles. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

CSAR rescues young adult from Chilliwack River Valley Tuesday evening

Search and rescue called to property where evacuation order was issued hours earlier

Chilliwack Search and Rescue vehicles. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Katerina Anastasiadis, CEO of Abbotsford’s Chamber of Commerce, said the provincial government’s new mandatory five days of sick pay policy will create issues for small businesses. (Karolina Turek Photography)

Abbotsford chamber CEO calls 5 day paid sick leave irresponsible and poorly timed

New provincial policy begins in January, Katerina Anastasiadis fears it will hurt small businesses

Katerina Anastasiadis, CEO of Abbotsford’s Chamber of Commerce, said the provincial government’s new mandatory five days of sick pay policy will create issues for small businesses. (Karolina Turek Photography)
A photo of the crash on Highway 7 near Lake Errock. Facebook photo.

DriveBC: Highway 7 closed, again, following crash near Deroche Bridge

Reports of crash involving semi-truck and dumptruck by Lake Errock

A photo of the crash on Highway 7 near Lake Errock. Facebook photo.
Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will both see another 20 to 40 millimetres of rain today. (Pixabay)

Heavy rains will continue to pour on Lower Mainland today, Dec. 1

Another 20 to 40 mm can be expected before it tapers of by evening

Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will both see another 20 to 40 millimetres of rain today. (Pixabay)
Mudslide closed Highway 7 near Agassiz Tuesday Dec. 1 but it reopened to alternating traffic. (DriveBC)

Landslide closed Highway 7 in both directions near Agassiz, now reopened

DriveBC reported slide came down on the Lougheed Highway before Seabird

Mudslide closed Highway 7 near Agassiz Tuesday Dec. 1 but it reopened to alternating traffic. (DriveBC)
Silver Skagit River near Hope, B.C. in October, 2019. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

New evacuation alert for dozens of Hope homes

District issues alert for those in the Silver Skagit River area

Silver Skagit River near Hope, B.C. in October, 2019. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
Evacuation orders were put in place for two properties at the bottom of Sumas Mountain on Nov. 30, 2021. (City of Abbotsford)

Evacuation orders and alerts issued for properties on Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford

Residents of two properties ordered to leave with five others put on standby

Evacuation orders were put in place for two properties at the bottom of Sumas Mountain on Nov. 30, 2021. (City of Abbotsford)
Residents of Riverview Drive in Hope fill sandbags on Nov. 29, 2021, one day before the District of Hope issued an evacuation alert for 114 homes on the Coquihalla River. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

More than 100 homes put on evacuation alert on Coquihalla River in Hope

‘Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to an evacuation’

Residents of Riverview Drive in Hope fill sandbags on Nov. 29, 2021, one day before the District of Hope issued an evacuation alert for 114 homes on the Coquihalla River. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Dairy farmers Richard Bosma (left) and Duane Barg at Barg’s property, Hildan Farms, on Prest Road in Chilliwack on Nov. 29, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Evacuated Abbotsford dairy cows find a home on Chilliwack farm

Before volunteers helped, Richard Bosma said ‘my baby cows were already up to their chins in water’

Dairy farmers Richard Bosma (left) and Duane Barg at Barg’s property, Hildan Farms, on Prest Road in Chilliwack on Nov. 29, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
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Mission issues evacuation order for Benbow Street for second time

Localized flooding issues created the state of emergency for the area

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A screenshot from a WanderVision BC YouTube video shows flooding debris piled onto a dock at Cultus Lake.

Video shows Cultus Lake beach buried under flood debris

The popular summer spot is in bad shape after flood runoff carried wood and other debris to the lake

A screenshot from a WanderVision BC YouTube video shows flooding debris piled onto a dock at Cultus Lake.
One property on Tamihi Road is on evacuation order issued by FVRD on Nov. 30, 2021. (FVRD map)

Tamihi Road property on evacuation order in Chilliwack River Valley

Flooding washed out part of Liumchen Creek Forest Services Road, prompting evac order

One property on Tamihi Road is on evacuation order issued by FVRD on Nov. 30, 2021. (FVRD map)
Crews erect a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

‘Tiger Dam’ in Abbotsford in place until ‘imminent threat’ of new flooding is over

Ministry of Transportation says Emergency Management BC had dam in stock

Crews erect a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Huntingdon Village in the area of Second Avenue and Boundary Road on Nov. 30, 2021. (Photos by Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)

Floodwaters are starting to abate in Huntingdon Village in Abbotsford

Mayor Henry Braun says Nooksack River not expected to overflow again in next few days

Huntingdon Village in the area of Second Avenue and Boundary Road on Nov. 30, 2021. (Photos by Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)
North Parallel Road, west of Whatcom Road, had some localized flooding on Tuesday (Nov. 30) that resulted in evacuation orders being issued for buildings in the area, including the Clarion Hotel and Castle Fun Park. (Photo: City of Abbotsford)

Abbotsford sees some localized flooding, but overall water levels are down

Evacuation orders issued for buildings on North Parallel Road near Whatcom

North Parallel Road, west of Whatcom Road, had some localized flooding on Tuesday (Nov. 30) that resulted in evacuation orders being issued for buildings in the area, including the Clarion Hotel and Castle Fun Park. (Photo: City of Abbotsford)
The RCMP arrested, and subsequently released, two more opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline for setting up a blockade near the construction site in Houston on Monday morning, Nov. 29. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint/ Facebook)
The RCMP arrested, and subsequently released, two more opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline for setting up a blockade near the construction site in Houston on Monday morning, Nov. 29. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint/ Facebook)
A puppy named Nala became the mascot of the emergency shelter at Hope secondary school, where she was then renamed Hope in honour of the town. Now there is a fundraiser online to thank the school for their hospitality. . (GoFundMe photo)

Puppy re-named Hope at evacuation centre plays part in fundraiser to give back to flood-ravaged town

‘Hope would run all over the school and everyone wanted to pet and hold her’

A puppy named Nala became the mascot of the emergency shelter at Hope secondary school, where she was then renamed Hope in honour of the town. Now there is a fundraiser online to thank the school for their hospitality. . (GoFundMe photo)