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MP Mark Strahl visits Hope a week after disaster

Conservative MP says his office and the federal government will support Hope

Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl visited Hope on Tuesday, meeting with the mayor and council to discuss the emergency situation in the area.

In a live video he posted on his Facebook, he said he was given an overview of what happened during the flood event and how the town supported more than 1,200 stranded people for several days until the roads re-opened.

“The people of Hope did such a great job of taking of everyone who was unexpectedly stranded here in town,” he said.

He also noted that Hope has “some infrastructure challenges” that are still being dealt with, and that the government and his office will be available to support the town in the coming days and weeks.

Strahl travelled to Hope from Chilliwack on Highway 1, which was recently re-opened to essential travel only.

“You could see the damage that was done by the mudslides,” he said, adding that the crews are working quickly to get ahead of the heavy rain that’s still to come.

Part of his visit is to meet with people who helped feed and house stranded travellers.

“To say thank you to some of the folks who kept them warm, kept them fed,” he said.

Highway 1 from Hope to Chilliwack was re-opened on Sunday night, but the highway is down to two lanes only, mostly in the westbound lanes.


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Jessica Peters

About the Author: Jessica Peters

I began my career in 1999, covering communities across the Fraser Valley ever since.
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