B.C. Floods 2021

FILE - Tents are set up for climbers on the Khumbu Glacier, with Mount Khumbutse, center, and Khumbu Icefall, right, seen in background, at Everest Base Camp in Nepal on April 11, 2015. As glaciers melt and pour massive amounts of water into nearby lakes, 15 million people across the globe live under the threat of a sudden and deadly outburst flood, a new study finds. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)

15 million people around the world live under threat of glacial floods: study

It’s a threat Americans and Europeans rarely think about

 

Sumas Prairie as seen from Highway 1 on Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/Black Press Media)

Sumas Prairie flood lawsuit continues to move toward class action

City of Abbotsford loses bid to appeal decision related to expert files

 

In this image provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, an elderly woman sits on a chair while being carried by coast guard personnel wading through floodwaters in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental province in the southern Philippines, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. Heavy rains and floods devastated parts of the Philippines over the Christmas weekend. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)

Floods in Philippines leave 51 dead, over a dozen missing

Over 4,500 houses were damaged by the floods, along with roads and bridges

 

People walk along the Stanley Park seawall as rain falls Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, while a small amount of snow remains after last week’s snowstorm in Vancouver. Flood watches and high streamflow advisories are posted across Vancouver Island and much of British Columbia’s inner south coast as heavy rain and high tides raise the risk of flooding after pre-Christmas snowstorms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Rain, run-off from recent snow, surging tides raise flood concerns in parts of B.C.

Flood watches in effect for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

People walk along the Stanley Park seawall as rain falls Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, while a small amount of snow remains after last week’s snowstorm in Vancouver. Flood watches and high streamflow advisories are posted across Vancouver Island and much of British Columbia’s inner south coast as heavy rain and high tides raise the risk of flooding after pre-Christmas snowstorms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A hiker passes through along a trail amidst a grove of poplar trees at the Rouge Urban National Park, in Toronto, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The federal environment minister is warning that Ottawa will not provide disaster compensation where a province deliberately allows housing to be built in areas prone to flooding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

Feds won’t help provinces for disaster compensation if housing built in flood areas

Environment minister’s comments come after Ontario reveals plans to build in ‘Greenbelt’

A hiker passes through along a trail amidst a grove of poplar trees at the Rouge Urban National Park, in Toronto, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The federal environment minister is warning that Ottawa will not provide disaster compensation where a province deliberately allows housing to be built in areas prone to flooding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The News)

‘It was chaos out there,’ says volunteer who helped on ground in Hope during flooding

Engineer who offered his time looks back on disaster that brought community together

Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The News)
Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford was among the areas hardest hit by the 2021 floods. The second of two men who were charged after trying to steal farm equipment in the area has now been sentenced. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

No jail time for man who tried to steal farm equipment after Abbotsford flooding

Patrick Schryver one of two men arrested on Sumas Prairie on Dec. 15, 2021

Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford was among the areas hardest hit by the 2021 floods. The second of two men who were charged after trying to steal farm equipment in the area has now been sentenced. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Search and rescue volunteers are now working what they learned during the floods into their training. (Submitted)

Search and rescue group now working Abbotsford flood experience into training

SAR team now knows where the bigger areas of concern will be in future flooding events

Search and rescue volunteers are now working what they learned during the floods into their training. (Submitted)
Volunteers help in the days after the November 2021 flooding in Abbotsford. (Samaritan’s Purse photo)

Samaritan’s Purse still on the ground in Abbotsford with recovery specialists

Local team is helping with cleaning, rebuilding and spiritual care

Volunteers help in the days after the November 2021 flooding in Abbotsford. (Samaritan’s Purse photo)
The Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre experienced significant water damage and was forced to evacuate during last's year's flooding in Abbotsford. (Danny Crowell photo)

Abbotsford’s Clarion Hotel rises from the flood

Hotel veteran and Clarion general manager Danny Crowell reflects on last year’s flooding

The Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre experienced significant water damage and was forced to evacuate during last's year's flooding in Abbotsford. (Danny Crowell photo)
A reservoir at the Barrowtown pump station helps manage the waterways throughout Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Holding back the water for Abbotsford

Team of neighbours gathered together to save critical Barrowtown infrastructure

A reservoir at the Barrowtown pump station helps manage the waterways throughout Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund is continuing to help flood-impacted farmers and others with their recovery efforts. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund raises $4.4 million

Donations help farmers, businesses and organizations in recovery work

The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund is continuing to help flood-impacted farmers and others with their recovery efforts. (Submitted photo)
(From left) Jaswant Singh Dhillon, Dave Martens, Davinder Singh Deol and Satpal Singh Sangha. (Dillon White/Black Press Media)

One year after floods submerged Sumas Prairie, farmers still struggle to get back on their feet

‘When we talk about the flood, we feel like crying,’ says Jaswant Dhillon

(From left) Jaswant Singh Dhillon, Dave Martens, Davinder Singh Deol and Satpal Singh Sangha. (Dillon White/Black Press Media)
Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr speaks at one of the many press conferences that was held during the November 2021 floods. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)

Abbotsford Police chief recalls how people banded together during the flood

‘People would sacrifice their safety and well-being’ to help others, says Mike Serr

Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr speaks at one of the many press conferences that was held during the November 2021 floods. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)
Henry Braun (front passenger side) tours Sumas Prairie with Police Chief Mike Serr (driving) and Abbotsford MP Ed Fast. (Jenna Hauck/Black Press Media)

Former Abbotsford mayor aimed to tell people ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ during 2021 flood

As the public face for the disaster, Henry Braun says his goal was ‘no smoke and mirrors’

Henry Braun (front passenger side) tours Sumas Prairie with Police Chief Mike Serr (driving) and Abbotsford MP Ed Fast. (Jenna Hauck/Black Press Media)
One of the dairy cows that was rescued during the flooding of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie birthed her own calf on Nov. 8, 2022 at Phillip Graham’s dairy farm. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

VIDEO: Life carries on at Abbotsford dairy farm where 200 cows died

Calves rescued by boat during flooding now grown heifers having calves of their own

One of the dairy cows that was rescued during the flooding of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie birthed her own calf on Nov. 8, 2022 at Phillip Graham’s dairy farm. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Sumas Prairie on Nov. 17, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

Abbotsford flood one year later: Timeline of a disaster

Three weeks of fear and uncertainty gripped the community

Sumas Prairie on Nov. 17, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
The Raincoast Conservation Foundation led a study of contaminants in the water of the Sumas Lake area following the November 2021 floods. The findings were released Thursday, Nov. 17. (Alex Harris/Raincoast Conservation Foundation)

Painkillers, pesticides and cocaine among contaminants found in Fraser Valley floodwaters

Study of water samples raises ‘fundamental questions’ about health of people and fish

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation led a study of contaminants in the water of the Sumas Lake area following the November 2021 floods. The findings were released Thursday, Nov. 17. (Alex Harris/Raincoast Conservation Foundation)
Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan holds a press conference following the tabling of the AG report in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Auditor general says Canada failing First Nations in response to wildfires, floods

Report says department too reactive, instead of spending on infrastructure to mitigate damages

Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan holds a press conference following the tabling of the AG report in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnold Lampreau. (Jake Courtepatte/Capital News)

Thompson-Nicola Indigenous bands still reeling from flood that destroyed highway

About 20 hectares of agricultural land lost to November 2021 flood

Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnold Lampreau. (Jake Courtepatte/Capital News)
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