B.C. Floods 2021

A hiker passes through along a trail amidst a grove of poplar trees at the Rouge Urban National Park, in Toronto, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The federal environment minister is warning that Ottawa will not provide disaster compensation where a province deliberately allows housing to be built in areas prone to flooding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

Feds won’t help provinces for disaster compensation if housing built in flood areas

Environment minister’s comments come after Ontario reveals plans to build in ‘Greenbelt’

 

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)

‘It was chaos out there,’ says volunteer who helped on ground in Hope during flooding

Engineer who offered his time looks back on disaster that brought community together

 

Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford was among the areas hardest hit by the 2021 floods. The second of two men who were charged after trying to steal farm equipment in the area has now been sentenced. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

No jail time for man who tried to steal farm equipment after Abbotsford flooding

Patrick Schryver one of two men arrested on Sumas Prairie on Dec. 15, 2021

 

Search and rescue volunteers are now working what they learned during the floods into their training. (Submitted)

Search and rescue group now working Abbotsford flood experience into training

SAR team now knows where the bigger areas of concern will be in future flooding events

Search and rescue volunteers are now working what they learned during the floods into their training. (Submitted)
Volunteers help in the days after the November 2021 flooding in Abbotsford. (Samaritan’s Purse photo)

Samaritan’s Purse still on the ground in Abbotsford with recovery specialists

Local team is helping with cleaning, rebuilding and spiritual care

Volunteers help in the days after the November 2021 flooding in Abbotsford. (Samaritan’s Purse photo)
The Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre experienced significant water damage and was forced to evacuate during last's year's flooding in Abbotsford. (Danny Crowell photo)

Abbotsford’s Clarion Hotel rises from the flood

Hotel veteran and Clarion general manager Danny Crowell reflects on last year’s flooding

The Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre experienced significant water damage and was forced to evacuate during last's year's flooding in Abbotsford. (Danny Crowell photo)
A reservoir at the Barrowtown pump station helps manage the waterways throughout Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Holding back the water for Abbotsford

Team of neighbours gathered together to save critical Barrowtown infrastructure

A reservoir at the Barrowtown pump station helps manage the waterways throughout Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund is continuing to help flood-impacted farmers and others with their recovery efforts. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund raises $4.4 million

Donations help farmers, businesses and organizations in recovery work

The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund is continuing to help flood-impacted farmers and others with their recovery efforts. (Submitted photo)
(From left) Jaswant Singh Dhillon, Dave Martens, Davinder Singh Deol and Satpal Singh Sangha. (Dillon White/Black Press Media)

One year after floods submerged Sumas Prairie, farmers still struggle to get back on their feet

‘When we talk about the flood, we feel like crying,’ says Jaswant Dhillon

(From left) Jaswant Singh Dhillon, Dave Martens, Davinder Singh Deol and Satpal Singh Sangha. (Dillon White/Black Press Media)
Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr speaks at one of the many press conferences that was held during the November 2021 floods. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)

Abbotsford Police chief recalls how people banded together during the flood

‘People would sacrifice their safety and well-being’ to help others, says Mike Serr

Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr speaks at one of the many press conferences that was held during the November 2021 floods. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)
Henry Braun (front passenger side) tours Sumas Prairie with Police Chief Mike Serr (driving) and Abbotsford MP Ed Fast. (Jenna Hauck/Black Press Media)

Former Abbotsford mayor aimed to tell people ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ during 2021 flood

As the public face for the disaster, Henry Braun says his goal was ‘no smoke and mirrors’

Henry Braun (front passenger side) tours Sumas Prairie with Police Chief Mike Serr (driving) and Abbotsford MP Ed Fast. (Jenna Hauck/Black Press Media)
One of the dairy cows that was rescued during the flooding of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie birthed her own calf on Nov. 8, 2022 at Phillip Graham’s dairy farm. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

VIDEO: Life carries on at Abbotsford dairy farm where 200 cows died

Calves rescued by boat during flooding now grown heifers having calves of their own

One of the dairy cows that was rescued during the flooding of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie birthed her own calf on Nov. 8, 2022 at Phillip Graham’s dairy farm. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Sumas Prairie on Nov. 17, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

Abbotsford flood one year later: Timeline of a disaster

Three weeks of fear and uncertainty gripped the community

Sumas Prairie on Nov. 17, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
The Raincoast Conservation Foundation led a study of contaminants in the water of the Sumas Lake area following the November 2021 floods. The findings were released Thursday, Nov. 17. (Alex Harris/Raincoast Conservation Foundation)

Painkillers, pesticides and cocaine among contaminants found in Fraser Valley floodwaters

Study of water samples raises ‘fundamental questions’ about health of people and fish

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation led a study of contaminants in the water of the Sumas Lake area following the November 2021 floods. The findings were released Thursday, Nov. 17. (Alex Harris/Raincoast Conservation Foundation)
Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan holds a press conference following the tabling of the AG report in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Auditor general says Canada failing First Nations in response to wildfires, floods

Report says department too reactive, instead of spending on infrastructure to mitigate damages

Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan holds a press conference following the tabling of the AG report in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnold Lampreau. (Jake Courtepatte/Capital News)

Thompson-Nicola Indigenous bands still reeling from flood that destroyed highway

About 20 hectares of agricultural land lost to November 2021 flood

Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnold Lampreau. (Jake Courtepatte/Capital News)
Dignitaries, including B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, were in Abbotsford on Thursday (Nov. 10) to visit Sumas Dike, where permanent repairs are almost complete following the November 2021 floods. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Repairs almost complete to Sumas Dike in Abbotsford with $1.6M in provincial funding

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visits Thursday to make announcement

Dignitaries, including B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, were in Abbotsford on Thursday (Nov. 10) to visit Sumas Dike, where permanent repairs are almost complete following the November 2021 floods. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
A farm submerged by flood waters caused by heavy rains and mudslides earlier in the week is pictured in the Sumas Prairies near Chilliwack, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. British Columbia’s agriculture minister says farmers in the Sumas Prairies had “an emotional year” as they work to recover following the province’s catastrophic flooding last November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. agriculture minister says sector is recovering well on flooding anniversary

About 630,000 chickens, 420 cattle and 12,000 hogs died in Sumas Prairie during flooding a year ago

A farm submerged by flood waters caused by heavy rains and mudslides earlier in the week is pictured in the Sumas Prairies near Chilliwack, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. British Columbia’s agriculture minister says farmers in the Sumas Prairies had “an emotional year” as they work to recover following the province’s catastrophic flooding last November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A man walks through the rising flood waters crossing into Canada from the United States in Huntington Village in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, November 28, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Red Cross funds still available for some flood-affected Abbotsford businesses and organizations

Flood recovery program offers $5,000 for eligible applicants, with deadline Nov. 30

A man walks through the rising flood waters crossing into Canada from the United States in Huntington Village in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, November 28, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Ships in the Marine Transportation Services shipyard are shown in Hay River, N.W.T., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. Marine Transportation Services is owned by the N.W.T. government and provides barging services for locations along the Mackenzie River and in the western Arctic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emily Blake
Ships in the Marine Transportation Services shipyard are shown in Hay River, N.W.T., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. Marine Transportation Services is owned by the N.W.T. government and provides barging services for locations along the Mackenzie River and in the western Arctic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emily Blake