Fraser Valley Regional District

Eli Gagne holds up his phone on Aug. 12, 2021 with a photo of his miniature pot-bellied pig Hamson who had to be re-homed as Fraser Valley Regional District bylaws do not permit livestock as pets within a residence or on real property. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Pigs as pets: Chilliwack man starts petition following death of illegal pet pig Hamson

Eli Gagne wants to change FVRD bylaw after pet pig was re-homed and died 4 hours later

 

Morrow BioScience technician looks for mosquito larvae to treat in back channels of the Fraser River. (Morrow BioScience)

Late spring, high water on Fraser River ‘a perfect scenario’ for floodwater mosquito breeding

‘We understand the frustration with the current abundance of mosquitoes,’ says contractor

 

An interactive map that shows users where evacuation orders and alerts are along with other current information will now allow them to look at historical data as well. (Screenshot)

Historical flooding data added to FVRD emergency map tool

Online users can look at overlay of flooding from 2012 and 1972 throughout Fraser Valley

 

Orange pylons should be in place in the no-parking zones along Columbia Valley Road sometime later this week, according to an FVRD director. (MOTI)

Perennial parking problem nets complaints from annoyed residents around Cultus Lake

Orange pylons should be up on Columbia Valley Road later this week, FVRD director Taryn Dixon posted

Orange pylons should be in place in the no-parking zones along Columbia Valley Road sometime later this week, according to an FVRD director. (MOTI)
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 file)

Flood recovery forum in July brings together B.C. First Nations, local governments

‘Let’s recognize that climate is changing and adapt toward resilience,’ says forum organizer

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 file)
The riverside trail outside the dog park, and the outhouse were closed June 14, 2022 at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack due to high water. This sign was posted the last time the dog park was closed on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

High water closes riverside trail at Island 22 park in Chilliwack until further notice

Bike park, riverside trail, outhouse all closed by FVRD due to erosion, freshet

The riverside trail outside the dog park, and the outhouse were closed June 14, 2022 at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack due to high water. This sign was posted the last time the dog park was closed on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
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Heavy rainfall to continue in Fraser Valley through Thursday night

Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Hope to be hit hardest by atmospheric river event

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A member of the public boards the medium-duty bus where BC Transit presented the details about the new Hope to Agassiz bus service.

Mission, Agassiz and Hope all to see improved transit options down the road

Current priority for transit operator is to improve service and rebuild ridership

A member of the public boards the medium-duty bus where BC Transit presented the details about the new Hope to Agassiz bus service.
FVRD’s Al Stobbart, his consitutents, and the Leq’á:mel representatives, met with a company manager on May 10 to address concerns. Stobbart said the meeting was a “difficult time.” Submitted photo.

Company’s intent to use human-waste byproduct as fertilizer alarms Dewdney residents

Locals concerned about smell, contamination of groundwater from use of biosolids

FVRD’s Al Stobbart, his consitutents, and the Leq’á:mel representatives, met with a company manager on May 10 to address concerns. Stobbart said the meeting was a “difficult time.” Submitted photo.
Artist's rendering of what Sasquatch Mountain Resort (formally Hemlock) could look like in 50 years.

Official blueprint adopted for expanding Sasquatch Mountain into one of B.C.’s largest ski resorts

FVRD’s new Hemlock Valley OCP triggered by provincial approval of Berezan Group’s master plan in 2016

Artist's rendering of what Sasquatch Mountain Resort (formally Hemlock) could look like in 50 years.
The provincial ‘flood debris explorer’ is asking the public to pinpoint remaining flood debris in waterways across the Fraser Valley Regional District. (BC Government)

Public asked to pinpoint remaining flood debris across vast Fraser Valley Regional District

Vehicles, sheds and trailers can pose public safety risks if not removed from rivers, creeks

The provincial ‘flood debris explorer’ is asking the public to pinpoint remaining flood debris in waterways across the Fraser Valley Regional District. (BC Government)
A photo of Othello Road taken at approximately 3 p.m. The FVRD would expand their evacuation order 30 minutes later. (Jared Thompson photo)

Flood survey asks Fraser Valley Regional District residents how they fared in disaster

‘We are looking for feedback from residents, property, and business owners of FVRD’s electoral areas’

A photo of Othello Road taken at approximately 3 p.m. The FVRD would expand their evacuation order 30 minutes later. (Jared Thompson photo)
A photo of Othello Road taken at approximately 3 p.m., Nov. 28. The FVRD would expand their evacuation order 30 minutes later. Jared Thompson photo.

Flood evacuation orders came days late in Fraser Valley Regional District

FVRD had 25 EOC staff covering 14,000 sq km, Abbotsford had nearly 400 staff covering 375 sq km

A photo of Othello Road taken at approximately 3 p.m., Nov. 28. The FVRD would expand their evacuation order 30 minutes later. Jared Thompson photo.
Shirley Sawatsky holds an urn holding the ashes of her dog Texas who was killed on Nov. 16 by two pit bulls. She is seen here in her Chilliwack home on Nov. 30, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘They were there to kill’: B.C. woman tells story of how her dog was killed by 2 pit bulls

Shirley Sawatsky didn’t even have time to pick up 14-pound Texas in horrific dog attack in Chilliwack

Shirley Sawatsky holds an urn holding the ashes of her dog Texas who was killed on Nov. 16 by two pit bulls. She is seen here in her Chilliwack home on Nov. 30, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The view of Cultus Lake from Sunnyside Campground a few days after the flooding. (Facebook/Betty Ann Kickbush Bedard)

Crisis Cleanup volunteers ready to roll into flood-damaged areas across the Lower Mainland

Cleanup volunteers can cut fallen trees, remove drywall, tarp roofs, help with mould mitigation

The view of Cultus Lake from Sunnyside Campground a few days after the flooding. (Facebook/Betty Ann Kickbush Bedard)
Team Rubicon Canada members Ron Sine and Jeff Becker at Leisure Valley Estates on Nov. 24, 2021. (Team Rubicon Canada)

Disaster response experts touch down in Fraser Valley Regional District’s evacuated areas

Team Rubicon Canada here to help FVRD plan for clearing homes of mud when it’s safe to do so

Team Rubicon Canada members Ron Sine and Jeff Becker at Leisure Valley Estates on Nov. 24, 2021. (Team Rubicon Canada)
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)
Area residents survey the damage at Othello Campground on Nov. 29, 2021, including some forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

Fraser Valley Regional District says applications for B.C.’s help on floods ‘unanswered for days’

‘We need help today, not tomorrow, or in the coming days or weeks,’ said FVRD chair Jason Lum

Area residents survey the damage at Othello Campground on Nov. 29, 2021, including some forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc. captured this image of the damage to date at the Othello area near Hope. Othello Road is now cut off by the river as seen in the middle left of the image. Highway 5 is cut off in the westbound lanes at the bottom right of the image. Above that is the continuation of Othello Road. (Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc./ Twitter)

Crises continue in Hope but help is on the way

As flood waters continue to erode land in Hope, work is starting to repair damage

Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc. captured this image of the damage to date at the Othello area near Hope. Othello Road is now cut off by the river as seen in the middle left of the image. Highway 5 is cut off in the westbound lanes at the bottom right of the image. Above that is the continuation of Othello Road. (Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc./ Twitter)
Maps show the regional growth boundaries (red), ALR land (green) and exclusion zones (orange) for Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kent, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope. (FVRD image)

Time for public input on Fraser Valley Regional District growth

Public consultation process now open for feedback, until Sept. 30

Maps show the regional growth boundaries (red), ALR land (green) and exclusion zones (orange) for Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kent, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope. (FVRD image)