Mission homeowner Geoff Hackett points to the water line on his living room fireplace. Up to four feet of water filled his home after a flash flood on Saturday.

UPDATED: Flooding damages a dozen Mission homes

Water from Windebank Creek rose quickly and spilled over a retaining wall, causing damage to McRae Avenue area homes.

Kevin MILLS and Carol AUN

Mission Record

When Emmery Rosales woke early Saturday morning, she could hear water running. When she got up, she was standing in two feet of it.

Heavy rains overnight contributed to flooding all around the McRae Avenue area in Mission as Windebank Creek overflowed. Approximately 12 homes, including Rosales’ townhome, were damaged.

Rosales looked out a glass sliding door and saw a stream of knee-high water pushing against her home.

“It was instant panic.”

She ran to her children’s room to wake up her two-year-old daughter and six-year-old son. After taking them to safety with a neighbour, Rosales returned to her home.

By then, the water was higher than her daughter’s crib. Had the child still been in it, Rosales said she would have been in about six inches of water.

“Within about five or 10 minutes, if that. That’s how close it came.”

Rosales and her husband Geoff Hackett now face a long clean-up process. While unsure of the cost of repairs, it will require “ a complete gut job”

Because the townhome is part of a strata, some of the damage is covered by insurance, but the family has no coverage for the contents they’ve lost.

Clean-up is continuing in all the homes impacted by the flood.

Eighteen-year-old Kane Walker, who lives with his family near Hurd Street, said water damaged the basement of his house.

According to Walker, there was no warning for the high water. “It came through the drainage under the rocks (near the front door),” said Walker. “The street was like a river.”

Tracy Kyle, District of Mission’s director of engineering and public works, said the extent of damage to each home varied depending on the property’s grade.

Kyle said the flood was caused by a plugged culvert during a heavy rainfall. The creek overflowed onto the avenue and all the water and debris flowed downstream. The district crew cleared the culvert when the flood was reported.

The water quickly receded and the rain also eased up.

District staff met with residents and provided them with information for their insurance companies to repair their homes.

“There isn’t anything we could’ve done to predict what happened,” said Kyle, noting the district regularly inspects and clears culverts throughout Mission.

The last inspection was about a month ago.

 

Just Posted

Suspects charged after police incident by golf course

Mission and Maple Ridge RCMP combined forces to arrest two men

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Mission RCMP recover 22 stolen vehicles and several firearms

Charges are still pending after police search two separate properties

UPDATE: Fuel truck hits train in Port Coquitlam, causing massive fire

CP Rail reporting no injuries, driver of truck is safe.

Fraser Health asking taxpayers for millions more in health care capital funding

Health authority wants Fraser Valley taxpayers to triple annual contribution to $5.75 million

VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Vancouver Motorcycle Show 2018

Highlights from the annual show at Tradex in Abbotsford

Man faces 48 charges in string of random Toronto shootings

The string of unprovoked shootings began Jan.9, say police

‘Shape of Water’ producer, Christopher Plummer among Canadian Oscar nominees

Guillermo del Toro film about merman romance earns 13 nominations

5 to start your day

Tsunami warning activated in B.C. overnight, fuel truck hits train in Port Coquitlam and more

Canada, TPP agrees to revised deal without the United States

Canada and the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Rogers Media cuts ties with Vice Canada

Rogers Media and Vice Canada are ending their three-year-old partnership, pulling Viceland TV channel off the air

Snowfall warnings for mountain passes

Lots of snow expected to fall today.

Most Read