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‘Let’s work together’: District of Kent replenishing sand bags as rain persists

Heavy rain falls in Agassiz-Harrison, across southern coast
Sand bags have been available throughout the past two weeks for District of Kent residents. District staff have committed to replenishing the stock on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo/District of Kent)

Update: 2:52 p.m.

The District of Kent announced via social media that sand bags and sand will be replenished this afternoon at the Community Recreation and Cultural Centre in Agassiz.

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“”Please remember to check on your neighbours,” the Tuesday afternoon tweet read. “Let’s owrk together to get through.”

Update: 11:18 a.m.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the eastern Fraser Valley.

Heavy downpours can cause flass floods and water pooling on roads; localized, low-lying flooding is possible.


Even as another atmospheric river hits, Highway 7 is still open for essential traffic.

A rainfall warning is in effect for the Agassiz area and the broader Fraser Valley including Chilliwack and Hope with a total of 60 to 90 millimetres expected on Tuesday. A third atmospheric river in under a week has triggered heavy rain across B.C.’s south coast.

DriveBC reports Highway 7 between Mission and 1 kilometre east of Hope is open for essential travel only. Checkpoints are in place and travel restrictions will be enforced. Due to heavy rain throughout Tuesday, motorists are advised to take extra caution and to drive to conditions and watch for road crews.

RELATED: 3rd atmospheric river landing on already saturated soil and swollen rivers of Fraser Valley

Highway 1 between Popkum and Hope is closed due to heavy rainfall and risk of mudslides. There is no estimated time for re-opening as of 10:40 a.m.

The District of Kent and Harrison Hot Springs remain under states of local emergency. As of Monday (Nov. 29), sand and bags were available at the Community Recreation and Cultural Centre to help residents protect themselves from local flooding.

RELATED: Evacuation order issued for 12 properties between Chilliwack and Hope

In Agassiz, more rain has fallen in the last two weeks than the entire month of October.

According to stats from Environment and Climate Change Canada, as of Nov. 30, a total of 513.2 millimetres of rain has fallen in Agassiz, making it by far the most precipitous month of the year, the next closest being January with more than 243 millimetres.

Rainfall tapered off a bit on Monday with only about 42 millimetres of rain falling. While still very significant, it’s much smaller than the 86 millimetres that fell the day before.

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