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B.C. residents will not receive the emergency alert test today as flood response continues

Rest of the country will get scheduled test on Nov. 17

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Sumas Prairie on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. The area is under an evacuation order due to substantial flooding. (Nancy Hildebrand photo/Facebook)

Sumas Prairie flooding remains ‘critical,’ Abbotsford mayor says 184 people rescued overnight

Water is coming from the Nooksack River, pushing pump station to full capacity

Sumas Prairie on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. The area is under an evacuation order due to substantial flooding. (Nancy Hildebrand photo/Facebook)
Thick black smoke fills the air at a massive fire at the Fraserway RV holding centre near Highway 1 east of Whatcom Road on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (Black Press Media photo)

VIDEO: Dozens of vehicles burning at RV holding centre in Abbotsford

Fire crews on scene near Highway 1 and Whatcom Road

Thick black smoke fills the air at a massive fire at the Fraserway RV holding centre near Highway 1 east of Whatcom Road on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (Black Press Media photo)
People await transport by boat from Hope to Chilliwack and other communities in the Eastern Fraser Valley. (Rick Stahl photo)

Jet boat rides on offer for those cut off from communities in Eastern Fraser Valley

Fishing guides with access to jet boats shuttling people between Chilliwack, Hope and Mission

People await transport by boat from Hope to Chilliwack and other communities in the Eastern Fraser Valley. (Rick Stahl photo)
Sumas Prairie on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. The area is under an evacuation order due to substantial flooding. (Nancy Hildebrand photo/Facebook)

VIDEO: Aerial rescues underway for those stranded by floods in Sumas Prairie

Sumas Prairie under evacuation order due to catostrophic flooding

Sumas Prairie on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. The area is under an evacuation order due to substantial flooding. (Nancy Hildebrand photo/Facebook)
Emergency vehicles and tractors are seen at the base of a mudslide on Highway 7 west of Agassiz, B.C., Wednesday, November 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Emergency vehicles and tractors are seen at the base of a mudslide on Highway 7 west of Agassiz, B.C., Wednesday, November 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The red area is under an emergency evacuation order on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford.
The red area is under an emergency evacuation order on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford.
An aerial tour taken Tuesday (Nov. 16) by Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Police Chief Mike Serr captured the devastation of the flooding on Sumas Prairie.

Abbotsford at ‘beginning of a big fight’ in flooding situation, says mayor

Waters from Nooksack River will continue to spread onto northeast Sumas Prairie

An aerial tour taken Tuesday (Nov. 16) by Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Police Chief Mike Serr captured the devastation of the flooding on Sumas Prairie.
A single vehicle heads into the U.S. at the quiet Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but America kept similar restrictions in place, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from coronavirus travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

B.C. FLOODS: Travellers stuck from returning home can cross U.S. border without PCR COVID test

The exemption is for travellers heading to their home residence and facing geographical constraints

A single vehicle heads into the U.S. at the quiet Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but America kept similar restrictions in place, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from coronavirus travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Abby PD say four kayaking youths needed rescuing after paddling into an area with swift, rising water. (Twitter photo)

Abbotsford police rescue 4 youth kayakers; warn people to avoid evacuated areas

Police are pleading with people to stay home and stop hindering emergency responders

Abby PD say four kayaking youths needed rescuing after paddling into an area with swift, rising water. (Twitter photo)
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Mission declares local state of emergency in the Benbow Street area in Hatzic

Evacuation order also announced for the same area.

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A helicopter lifts off from the Hope Golf Club on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 with evacuees. Helicopters are being used to drop supplies and bring people out of the town, which is cut off from the province due to several landslides on all surrounding roads. (Virginia White photo)

B.C. STORM: 1,000 cots and bedding being flown into Hope for stranded travellers

Community preparing to care for about 1,200 people another night as crews assess highway damages

A helicopter lifts off from the Hope Golf Club on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 with evacuees. Helicopters are being used to drop supplies and bring people out of the town, which is cut off from the province due to several landslides on all surrounding roads. (Virginia White photo)
Jennie Roberts (second from right) stands with (left to right) Shunga, Iain, Amber, Avery and Lawrence. With them are three rolls of toilet paper, the last in the house and one of the reasons Jennie has to head out in search of supplies. (submitted photo)

Anxious Chilliwack shoppers empty grocery store shelves

A rush on food supplies started Tuesday (Nov. 16) morning and escalated through the afternoon

Jennie Roberts (second from right) stands with (left to right) Shunga, Iain, Amber, Avery and Lawrence. With them are three rolls of toilet paper, the last in the house and one of the reasons Jennie has to head out in search of supplies. (submitted photo)
FILE – British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix responds to questions during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Floods, landslides have had ‘significant impact’ on B.C. health-care services, Dix says

Many patients have already had to be relocated this year due to wildfires

FILE – British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix responds to questions during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kal Atwal, Daj Powar and Jesse Sohal were on their way home from a road trip to Whitehorse when they had to stop unexpectedly in Hope. Now, they are making the best of the situation by carrying on with camping. (Pattie Desjardins/ Hope Standard)

Campers make themselves comfortable, wait out Hope landslides under overpass

Friends’ road trip to view Whitehorse northern lights now memorable for Hope landslides

Kal Atwal, Daj Powar and Jesse Sohal were on their way home from a road trip to Whitehorse when they had to stop unexpectedly in Hope. Now, they are making the best of the situation by carrying on with camping. (Pattie Desjardins/ Hope Standard)
A volunteer operates a boat while rescuing people stranded due to floodwaters in Abbotsford, B.C., on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s Hwy. 3 could be quickest to reopen post-flooding; geotechnical assessments underway

Geotechnical engineers asessing all highways to determine which will be cleaned up first

A volunteer operates a boat while rescuing people stranded due to floodwaters in Abbotsford, B.C., on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Abbotsford Cardinals have launched a GoFundMe after flooding destroyed their field and equipment. (GoFundMe photo)

Abbotsford Cardinals launch GoFundMe after devastating damage from flood

Junior baseball team’s field and equipment completely water damaged by flooding

The Abbotsford Cardinals have launched a GoFundMe after flooding destroyed their field and equipment. (GoFundMe photo)
Debbie Purser rushed to the pump Tuesday, Nov. 16, when she heard that the gas supply in Chilliwack might be running dry. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack motorists rush to the pump fearing gas shortage as city cut off from highway access

With Chilliwack cut off from Edmonton and Burnaby, a long term gas shortage might be a thing

Debbie Purser rushed to the pump Tuesday, Nov. 16, when she heard that the gas supply in Chilliwack might be running dry. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crews work to clear a mudslide between Lil’wat Place and Texas Creek Road near Lillooet on Hwy. 99. (BC Transportation)

Lower Mainland woman dead in Hwy. 99 landslide near Lillooet; search for others ongoing

Search and rescue crews were airlifted into the area to search for any missing people

Crews work to clear a mudslide between Lil’wat Place and Texas Creek Road near Lillooet on Hwy. 99. (BC Transportation)
People who were stranded by high water due to flooding are rescued by a volunteer operating a boat in Abbotsford, B.C., on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Abbotsford mayor worries for community as rescuers overwhelmed by flooding

Impassable highways creating havoc as rescuers try to get people to evacuation centres

People who were stranded by high water due to flooding are rescued by a volunteer operating a boat in Abbotsford, B.C., on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck