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The CC-177 Globemaster transport touched down at Abbotsford Airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. Patrick Penner photo.
The CC-177 Globemaster transport touched down at Abbotsford Airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. Patrick Penner photo.
Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun captures video of a flooded section of Highway 1 between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking east on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

EXCLUSIVE: Ground zero shows flooding of Hwy. 1 in the Fraser Valley

Black Press Media escorted through Sumas Prairie 5 days after highway closed due to flooding

Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun captures video of a flooded section of Highway 1 between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking east on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
City of Chilliwack’s coun. Chris Kloot announced the floodgates had been opened, and shared this photo credited it to Jake’s Construction.

Barrowtown Pump Station floodgates have been opened, Sumas dyke repairs progressing

Floodgates were opened just before 2 a.m., according to the City of Chilliwack

City of Chilliwack’s coun. Chris Kloot announced the floodgates had been opened, and shared this photo credited it to Jake’s Construction.
Traffic backed up into Agassiz this week as travellers and commercial vehicles ventured onto the Lougheed Highway following two major landslides in both directions. As of Saturday morning, traffic is single-lane alternating east and west of Agassiz. (Adam Louis/Observer)

UPDATE: Hwy 7 closured canceled, controlled travel resumes

Update: 1:57 p.m. The Observer has confirmed with with the Ministry of…

Traffic backed up into Agassiz this week as travellers and commercial vehicles ventured onto the Lougheed Highway following two major landslides in both directions. As of Saturday morning, traffic is single-lane alternating east and west of Agassiz. (Adam Louis/Observer)
An RCMP officer tells a driver they need to turn around and head towards Chilliwack while guiding traffic on the east side of the Keith Wilson Bridge on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Still no access to Abbotsford via Yarrow, despite what mapping apps indicate: Chilliwack RCMP

RCMP ‘inundated’ with drivers trying to get to Abbotsford through Yarrow

An RCMP officer tells a driver they need to turn around and head towards Chilliwack while guiding traffic on the east side of the Keith Wilson Bridge on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The News)
Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The News)
Paladin Risk Solutions partnered with Ascent Helicopter to deliver food and supplies to Hope, B.C., on Nov 19, 2021 (Paladin Risk Solutions photo)

Security company airlifts food and supplies in Hope

Delivery included pet food, fresh foods and more for people in Hope

Paladin Risk Solutions partnered with Ascent Helicopter to deliver food and supplies to Hope, B.C., on Nov 19, 2021 (Paladin Risk Solutions photo)
Allison McConnell and her family lost their home, camper and two vehicles after heavy rains this week flooded the Vedder river. (gofundme.com photo)

Fundraiser for flood-devastated Chilliwack family surpasses goal

Effort for the McConnells is hoped to inspire others

Allison McConnell and her family lost their home, camper and two vehicles after heavy rains this week flooded the Vedder river. (gofundme.com photo)
City of Chilliwack’s director of engineering David Blain points to the Sumas River and the dike that breached and caused catastrophic flooding in Abbotsford. (City of Chilliwack/Youtube screenshot)

VIDEO: Chilliwack mayor contrasts isolated Yarrow flooding with devastation in Abbotsford

If there is no flooding update from Chilliwack, it means the ‘situation has not changed,’ mayor

City of Chilliwack’s director of engineering David Blain points to the Sumas River and the dike that breached and caused catastrophic flooding in Abbotsford. (City of Chilliwack/Youtube screenshot)
The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Vehicles abandoned in Hwy 7 mudslides available for pickup in Agassiz: MOTI

Pickup is available between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., call in advance

The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Flood water takes over east Abbotsford Wednesday afternoon. (Aaron Hinks photo)

What’s in the floodwater? Toxicity of water detailed in recent Abbotsford study

Human and animal fecal matter, oil and gas, asbestos likely leave water highly contaminated

Flood water takes over east Abbotsford Wednesday afternoon. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Crews for CN and VIA Rail worked together with Emergency Management B.C. to evacuate about 200 people from Hope on Nov. 17. (Scott Medlock photo)

Rail companies give thanks to their employees who evacuated people from Hope

CN and VIA Rail worked together to support evacuation efforts in British Columbia

Crews for CN and VIA Rail worked together with Emergency Management B.C. to evacuate about 200 people from Hope on Nov. 17. (Scott Medlock photo)
An aerial view of the Hope Golf Club shows significant flooding at the nine hole course. (Rod MacDonnell/Facebook)

Much of Hope Golf Club submerged under flood water

Course operators say it will be a huge job assessing damage and rebuilding the course

An aerial view of the Hope Golf Club shows significant flooding at the nine hole course. (Rod MacDonnell/Facebook)
The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)

UPDATE: District of Kent to host flood volunteer debriefing on Saturday

Dozens of vehicles towed from landslide zone remain parked in Agassiz

The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)
Jordan Jongema and his dog Bowser were rescued from rising flood waters in Yarrow in the early hours of Nov. 17, 2021. (Jordan Jongema)

Man and his dog rescued by boat from rising flood waters in Yarrow

‘Fear of pump station breaking, Fraser River flowing through made me want to die,’ says rescued man

Jordan Jongema and his dog Bowser were rescued from rising flood waters in Yarrow in the early hours of Nov. 17, 2021. (Jordan Jongema)
Left to right: Skwah council member Elia Julian, Margaret Reid and Miel Bernstein. (Raylene Mumford/Facebook)

Skwah First Nation rallies to help elders near Chilliwack

With local food supplies stretched thin by panic buying, vulnerable populations are struggling

Left to right: Skwah council member Elia Julian, Margaret Reid and Miel Bernstein. (Raylene Mumford/Facebook)
Church members gathered and packed supplies donated for those hit hard by flooding on Wednesday (Nov. 17) and Thursday (Nov. 18). (Submitted)

VIDEO: Abbotsford’s Central Heights Church, Locality gather large number of donations

Members made the call out earlier this week and the general public responded in a big way

Church members gathered and packed supplies donated for those hit hard by flooding on Wednesday (Nov. 17) and Thursday (Nov. 18). (Submitted)
Envision Financial has donated $100,000 to aid with relief efforts in the Fraser Valley. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Envision Financial donates $100,000 to support flood recovery efforts

Envision will be donating $25,000 to Red Cross, ACF, Food Banks BC and B.C. Agriculture Council

Envision Financial has donated $100,000 to aid with relief efforts in the Fraser Valley. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
An aerial image shows the flooded Sumas Prairie. The Abbotsford Police Department is reminding drone operators to stay out of the affected flood areas. (City of Abbotsford)

UPDATE: Keep drones and aircraft out of flood zones, says Abbotsford Police Department

No aircraft or drones allowed below 1000 ft between Chilliwack and Abbotsford airports

An aerial image shows the flooded Sumas Prairie. The Abbotsford Police Department is reminding drone operators to stay out of the affected flood areas. (City of Abbotsford)
Volunteers flocked to a Greendale property to dry off soggy calves boated in from Sumas. (Victoria Hergott Facebook)

VIDEO: Greendale volunteers dry off soaked calves who stood for hours in floods

Soggy, shivering calves were in bad shape after standing in chest-deep water for hours

Volunteers flocked to a Greendale property to dry off soggy calves boated in from Sumas. (Victoria Hergott Facebook)