Severe weather

Team Rubicon Canada members Ron Sine and Jeff Becker at Leisure Valley Estates on Nov. 24, 2021. (Team Rubicon Canada)

Disaster response experts touch down in Fraser Valley Regional District’s evacuated areas

Team Rubicon Canada here to help FVRD plan for clearing homes of mud when it’s safe to do so

Team Rubicon Canada members Ron Sine and Jeff Becker at Leisure Valley Estates on Nov. 24, 2021. (Team Rubicon Canada)
(Manning Park Resort photo)

Series of storms caused ‘dramatic changes’ to runs at Manning Park

Ski resort pushing back opening date to align with travel restrictions

(Manning Park Resort photo)
Water streams across Highway 1 at Herrling Island on Dec. 1, illustrating some of the issues that crews are still working on in the region, keeping the stretch of the highway from Hope to Chilliwack closed. (Emil Anderson photo)

Images show swift runoff water flowing over closed Highway 1 section near Hope

Emil Anderson images chronicling the work and hazards along key transport route

Water streams across Highway 1 at Herrling Island on Dec. 1, illustrating some of the issues that crews are still working on in the region, keeping the stretch of the highway from Hope to Chilliwack closed. (Emil Anderson photo)
A flooded property in Yarrow along Boundary Road on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack rainfall total for November hit ‘all-time high’ of 615 mm

Rainfall data for Chilliwack kept since 1879, and this week’s daily totals broke records

A flooded property in Yarrow along Boundary Road on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The provincial government has brought in heavy duty machinery to help shore up riverbanks, clear debris and fix roads in Hope today (Dec. 1, 2021). (Shelley Empey photo)

‘Not out of the woods yet,’ says Hope mayor as third atmospheric river passes

Province starts on critical repairs in Hope following devastating flood damage

The provincial government has brought in heavy duty machinery to help shore up riverbanks, clear debris and fix roads in Hope today (Dec. 1, 2021). (Shelley Empey photo)
Mudslide closed Highway 7 near Agassiz Tuesday Dec. 1 but it reopened to alternating traffic. (DriveBC)

Landslide closed Highway 7 in both directions near Agassiz, now reopened

DriveBC reported slide came down on the Lougheed Highway before Seabird

Mudslide closed Highway 7 near Agassiz Tuesday Dec. 1 but it reopened to alternating traffic. (DriveBC)
Silver Skagit River near Hope, B.C. in October, 2019. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

New evacuation alert for dozens of Hope homes

District issues alert for those in the Silver Skagit River area

Silver Skagit River near Hope, B.C. in October, 2019. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
One property on Tamihi Road is on evacuation order issued by FVRD on Nov. 30, 2021. (FVRD map)

Tamihi Road property on evacuation order in Chilliwack River Valley

Flooding washed out part of Liumchen Creek Forest Services Road, prompting evac order

One property on Tamihi Road is on evacuation order issued by FVRD on Nov. 30, 2021. (FVRD map)
Area residents survey the damage at Othello Campground on Nov. 29, 2021, including some forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

Fraser Valley Regional District says applications for B.C.’s help on floods ‘unanswered for days’

‘We need help today, not tomorrow, or in the coming days or weeks,’ said FVRD chair Jason Lum

Area residents survey the damage at Othello Campground on Nov. 29, 2021, including some forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
The Giraud family was renting this home on Othello Road, which is about to fall into the Coquihalla River. This is thought to be the third home lost to the river in the Hope area, while others are experiencing flood damage. (Facebook/Sarah Giraud)

VIDEO: Third house in Hope lost to rising Coquihalla River following heavy rain and flooding

Giraud family now looking for a place to live as family members raise money on their behalf

The Giraud family was renting this home on Othello Road, which is about to fall into the Coquihalla River. This is thought to be the third home lost to the river in the Hope area, while others are experiencing flood damage. (Facebook/Sarah Giraud)
Sandbagging near Townsend Park in Chilliwack on Nov. 29, 2021. (Mavis Hindy photo/Facebook)

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

Here’s a roundup of flood-related online resources for the Eastern Fraser Valley

Sandbagging near Townsend Park in Chilliwack on Nov. 29, 2021. (Mavis Hindy photo/Facebook)
Chip (wearing camo jacket) surveys the damage at Othello Campground from afar. Chip lives at the campsite year round and was forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

VIDEO: Homes lost, road wiped out due to rising river near Hope after days of rain

Residents describe destruction in rural area when Coquihalla River changed course

Chip (wearing camo jacket) surveys the damage at Othello Campground from afar. Chip lives at the campsite year round and was forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
(Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard file)

Virtual counselling session set to help Hope residents cope with disaster

Professional from Justice Institute tapped to lead conversation on critical stress management

(Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard file)
Chilliwack campus of the University of the Fraser Valley. (Darren MacDonald/ UFV file)

No in-person classes at UFV, Chilliwack public schools stay open

University of the Fraser Valley goes remote this week, while Chilliwack sees busing changes

Chilliwack campus of the University of the Fraser Valley. (Darren MacDonald/ UFV file)
The Hope Fire Department helps unload produce from a privately chartered helicopter for the Hope Food Bank during the height of the emergency situation, at the FVRD Regional Hope Airpark. The food was to feed 1,200 stranded travellers. (Hope Community Services/ Facebook)

Hope’s airpark saw 400 flights during flood disaster response

Emergency response hub coordinating flights for deliveries, rescue and more

The Hope Fire Department helps unload produce from a privately chartered helicopter for the Hope Food Bank during the height of the emergency situation, at the FVRD Regional Hope Airpark. The food was to feed 1,200 stranded travellers. (Hope Community Services/ Facebook)
Watching the Vedder River rise on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress screenshot)

River Forecast Centre put entire South Coast on ‘flood watch’

Flood watch ‘means river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull’ conditions

Watching the Vedder River rise on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress screenshot)
Ryan Reynolds, an actor and advocate for many issues, appears in a Pacific Wild campaign video. He is also asking his followers to make donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help with disaster relief efforts in Abbotsford and other flood-affected communities. (Pacific Wild Website)

Ryan Reynolds makes Red Cross donation following B.C. floods, urges fans to do the same

Canadian Red Cross providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by extreme weather

Ryan Reynolds, an actor and advocate for many issues, appears in a Pacific Wild campaign video. He is also asking his followers to make donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help with disaster relief efforts in Abbotsford and other flood-affected communities. (Pacific Wild Website)
Heavy rain is forecast again. (Pixabay)

Weather warning as heavy rain due Saturday for Fraser Valley, Coquihalla Highway

Runoff from snowmelt, warming temps could flood vulnerable landscapes and infrastructure

Heavy rain is forecast again. (Pixabay)
Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc. captured this image of the damage to date at the Othello area near Hope. Othello Road is now cut off by the river as seen in the middle left of the image. Highway 5 is cut off in the westbound lanes at the bottom right of the image. Above that is the continuation of Othello Road. (Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc./ Twitter)

Crises continue in Hope but help is on the way

As flood waters continue to erode land in Hope, work is starting to repair damage

Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc. captured this image of the damage to date at the Othello area near Hope. Othello Road is now cut off by the river as seen in the middle left of the image. Highway 5 is cut off in the westbound lanes at the bottom right of the image. Above that is the continuation of Othello Road. (Peregrine Aerial Surveys Inc./ Twitter)
A flooded section of Highway 1 eastbound between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking west on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack dikes ‘designed’ to contain peak flows from heavy rains: city officials

City officials to keep close eye this weekend on Nooksack River, and Chilliwack River levels

A flooded section of Highway 1 eastbound between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking west on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)