Residents of Hatzic Lake are dealing with plenty of flooding. / Gemma Quiring Photo

Residents of Hatzic Lake are dealing with plenty of flooding. / Gemma Quiring Photo

Hatzic evacuation order, state of local emergency, rescinded

Mission cancels order after water level drops, Benbow Street home owners can return

The local state of emergency and evacuation order for the Benbow Street area in Hatzic has been rescinded.

The order, which was put in place on Nov. 16, was cancelled today (Nov. 19) by the City of Mission.

There were eight properties listed in the evacuation order.

Mike Younie, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer, said the order was rescinded because the situation has changed.

“The water is no longer within the homes,” he said.

Overall, Mission has been spared major destructions, as compared to neighbouring communities.

“We are under control, the Dewdney Trunk Road was opened today, west of Cedar. We have a couple of small roads that still have single lane traffic, only because of landslides – they are going to take a longer time to fix,” he explained.

The Hatzic area was the worst part of the city for homes flooding, he said.

“Mission was really fortunate, we just have these localized washouts here and there and a few landslides. Nothing like the rest of the area to the south and east of us.”

Younie said there is a major concern about the trailer park at Hatzic Lake, which has seen a large amount of flooding. Hatzic Island is within the Fraser Valley Regional District’s jurisdiction.

Younie said the city is preparing a list of staff with experience dealing with emergency operations, and will likely send several people up to the FVRD’s emergency operations centre.

“That’s not confirmed yet, but we are preparing for that. We expect they are getting tired up there and they are going to need a lot of help next week with the recovery,” said Younie.

Some Mission staff will also head to Abbotsford.

“We are just trying to help where we can given we are in a better position than most others right now.”

For up-to-date information on road closures, flooding, and more visit mission.ca/alerts.

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