Patrick Penner

MSAR's Joe Takenaka stands at the front of a rescue boat Monday night, Nov. 15. Most of the 16 members who attended that first day over 20-hour shifts. Photo courtesy of MSAR.

PHOTOS: Mission Search and Rescue volunteers detail ‘surreal’ Sumas flood operations

20 MSAR members put in 770 man hours over 3 days rescuing people trapped in Abbotsford

MSAR's Joe Takenaka stands at the front of a rescue boat Monday night, Nov. 15. Most of the 16 members who attended that first day over 20-hour shifts. Photo courtesy of MSAR.
Smouldering brush in the woods above Heritage Park after the fire on Aug. 3. Image courtesy of the City of Mission.

Arson suspected in a string of summer fires at Heritage Park in Mission

Frequency and lack of other probable causes lead investigators to suspect ‘malicious act’

Smouldering brush in the woods above Heritage Park after the fire on Aug. 3. Image courtesy of the City of Mission.
Left: A screenshot of Cascade Falls from a youtube video uploaded on Nov. 16, 2019. Right: A screenshot of Cascade Falls taken the morning of Nov. 14, 2021.

VIDEO: Mission’s Cascade Falls the day before Sumas Prairie flooded

Man uploads video showing falls on Sunday morning, Nov. 14

Left: A screenshot of Cascade Falls from a youtube video uploaded on Nov. 16, 2019. Right: A screenshot of Cascade Falls taken the morning of Nov. 14, 2021.
Metro Vancouver will see 80 millimetres of rain by Thursday night, and the Fraser Valley will see 50 to 70 millimetres by Friday morning. (File photo)

Environment Canada warns rainstorm to hit Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley tonight

80 mm by Thursday night for Metro Vancouver, 50 to 70 mm by Friday morning for Fraser Valley

Metro Vancouver will see 80 millimetres of rain by Thursday night, and the Fraser Valley will see 50 to 70 millimetres by Friday morning. (File photo)
Traffic backed up into Agassiz this past week as travellers and commercial vehicles ventured onto the Lougheed Highway following two major landslides in both directions. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Highway 7 restrictions close Deroche and Dewdney elementary schools today

Hatzic Middle School and Hatzic Elementary School parents must use backstreets to access

Traffic backed up into Agassiz this past week as travellers and commercial vehicles ventured onto the Lougheed Highway following two major landslides in both directions. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are going to be hit with 40 to 80 millimetres of rain on Nov. 24, according to the statement (NEWS file photo).

Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley to be hit by 40 to 80 mm of rain starting Wednesday night

Environment Canada cautions they are unsure of total rainfall expected

Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are going to be hit with 40 to 80 millimetres of rain on Nov. 24, according to the statement (NEWS file photo).
The CC-177 Globemaster transport touched down at Abbotsford Airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. Patrick Penner photo.

PHOTOS: Royal Canadian Air Force arrives in Abbotsford to help shore up flood fight

RCAF CC-177 Globemaster drops off 3 CH-146 Griffon helicopters

The CC-177 Globemaster transport touched down at Abbotsford Airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. Patrick Penner photo.
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.
A man drives a boat down a flooded road in Chilliwack, B.C., Tuesday, November 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Transport Canada issues order banning boats from B.C. flood areas, effective immediately

Exceptions for emergency workers, owners tending to livestock and property

A man drives a boat down a flooded road in Chilliwack, B.C., Tuesday, November 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
TOP LEFT: Photo released by CSC of Roderick Muchikekwanape. Photo released by Bellingham Police of Muchikekwanape at a Chevron gas station in Washington on Oct. 30, 2020.

Escaped Mission Institution prisoner back in Canadian custody after capture by U.S. Marshals

Roderick Muchikekwanape walked out of Mission Minimum Security Institution on Oct. 29, 2020

TOP LEFT: Photo released by CSC of Roderick Muchikekwanape. Photo released by Bellingham Police of Muchikekwanape at a Chevron gas station in Washington on Oct. 30, 2020.
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Outbreak over at The Cedars in Mission

Outbreak was declared on Nov. 1 by Fraser Health

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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)
The Abbotsford Police Department posted a picture of a “cold and wet” Bowser sitting at the front of a dingy after being rescued.

Coquitlam firefighters go back for dog trapped in kennel in flooded Abbotsford house

Owner was evacuated when he wasn’t home, called distraught asking for help

The Abbotsford Police Department posted a picture of a “cold and wet” Bowser sitting at the front of a dingy after being rescued.
Crews work to protect an Abbotsford pump station from encroaching flood water. (@ErikDV Twitter photo)

Abbotsford mayor concerned about forecasted rain as floodwater continues to pour from U.S.

Mayor Henry Braun predicts total recovery costs will top $1 billion dollars

Crews work to protect an Abbotsford pump station from encroaching flood water. (@ErikDV Twitter photo)
Sumas Lake before it was drained in the early 1920s. The Reach photo.

Bullet-point history of Sumas Lake

Lake was drained in 1920 to irrigate Fraser Valley farmland

Sumas Lake before it was drained in the early 1920s. The Reach photo.
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.
A total of 629 homes on the east side of the Sumas River are currently being evacuated, which is expected to take several hours. Andrew Franklin photo.

‘It’s not over for Abbotsford’: Officials brief public as floodwater pours into Sumas Prairie

Water from flooded Nooksack River in Washington breached Sumas dikes this morning

A total of 629 homes on the east side of the Sumas River are currently being evacuated, which is expected to take several hours. Andrew Franklin photo.
UFV campus in Abbotsford. (THE NEWS/files)

All 3 UFV campuses closed and classes cancelled, Nov. 16

All activities and events scheduled cancelled, exams postponed

UFV campus in Abbotsford. (THE NEWS/files)
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. Folks from Sumas Prairie and Yarrow were leaving the area following an evacuation order on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Immediate evacuation order for Sumas Prairie due to landslide in Abbotsford

City issues order just before 6 a.m., Nov. 16

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. Folks from Sumas Prairie and Yarrow were leaving the area following an evacuation order on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
vet protests

‘Violated his oath’: Dozens protest Abbotsford vet following alleged animal abuse at dairy farm

Dr. Rich Vanderwal is co-owner of Cedar Valley Farms which is under investigation by BC SPCA

vet protests