According to the City of Mission, pooling water - as seen above in this photo of an area on Hatzic Island - is the biggest issue caused by the heavy rains. / Gemma Quiring Photo

According to the City of Mission, pooling water - as seen above in this photo of an area on Hatzic Island - is the biggest issue caused by the heavy rains. / Gemma Quiring Photo

Heavy rain causing localized flooding in Mission

Roads closed, pooling water but city says worst should be over

Heavy rains have caused localized flooding in Mission, but according to Mike Younie, it’s not as serious as other areas of the province.

Younie, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer, told the Record that flooding is a bigger issue than and land slides.

“We’ve got our hands full, there’s no question,” said Younie. “I would characterize it as localized flooding and localized land slips where we’ve had some banks of our steeper roads fail, onto the road and across the road, but the flooding is more of an issue than any slides.”

While Abbotsford and Hope, for example, have had to open emergency shelter for people forced from their homes, Mission doesn’t have that situation according to Younie.

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“We’ve had some washouts like I said, some slips and mud slides of bank materials as well as ponding and pooling in some areas, but that’s about the extent of it right now.”

City crews were hard at work on Sunday and throughout the evening to try and keep on top of the flooding.

Younie said with the rain predicted to lighten up today (Monday Nov. 15), he expects “the worst to be over.”

Flooding issues have caused many road closures in the area. The city has closed Dewdney Trunk Road, west of Cedar and Silverdale Ave. is flooded in a couple of spots as well and has been closed.

Highway 11 (the Abbotsford-Mission Highway) ii closed in both directions from Hazelwood Ave. and Townshipline Rd. (2.9 km) due to flooding.

The City is working on a list of all road closures in effect. To view the list click HERE.

The rain has also forced all Mission public schools to be closed today.

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