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Much of the eastern Sumas Prairie is still covered in floodwaters as shown on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said on Thursday that it will take at least another two or three weeks for the waters to be completely pumped out. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

At least another 2 or 3 weeks before floodwaters are gone, says Abbotsford mayor

Henry Braun says levels are still five to six feet deep in eastern Sumas Prairie

Much of the eastern Sumas Prairie is still covered in floodwaters as shown on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said on Thursday that it will take at least another two or three weeks for the waters to be completely pumped out. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
A tanker truck carrying tar crashed on Harris Road near Olund Road in Abbotsford on Thursday morning (Dec. 2). (Photo: Trevor Regehr/Mission Search and Rescue)

Tanker truck carrying tar crashes on Harris Road in Abbotsford

Road will be closed for several hours between Mt. Lehman and Bates

A tanker truck carrying tar crashed on Harris Road near Olund Road in Abbotsford on Thursday morning (Dec. 2). (Photo: Trevor Regehr/Mission Search and Rescue)
Amanda Christmas stands by the Sumas River in Abbotsford during the filming in February 2021 of the short documentary Lost Lake: Gone but not Forgotten. (Photo by Amanda Christmas)

Sumas Lake film from early 2021 asks: What happens if Barrowtown pumps in Abbotsford fail?

Director Amanda Christmas was shocked that hypothetical situation almost became reality

Amanda Christmas stands by the Sumas River in Abbotsford during the filming in February 2021 of the short documentary Lost Lake: Gone but not Forgotten. (Photo by Amanda Christmas)
Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Hope in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)

Highway 1 reopens from Abbotsford to Hope

No travel restrictions, but drivers urged to limit to essential purposes

Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Hope in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)
Crews are on site Thursday morning (Dec. 2) to remove the Tiger Dam across Highway 1 at Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Tiger Dam on Highway 1 in Abbotsford is coming down

Crews are on site Thursday morning; no word yet on freeway reopening

Crews are on site Thursday morning (Dec. 2) to remove the Tiger Dam across Highway 1 at Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Much of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie was still submerged on Dec. 1, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

Abbotsford sets record in November for most rainfall in a month

City records more than 540 millimetres of precipitation

Much of Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie was still submerged on Dec. 1, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, as seen from Eagle Mountain on Dec. 1, 2021. (Photos by Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Much of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford still submerged in floodwaters

Area viewed from Eagle Mountain on Dec. 1 shows large patches of land still under water

Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, as seen from Eagle Mountain on Dec. 1, 2021. (Photos by Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)
Crews erect a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

‘Tiger Dam’ in Abbotsford in place until ‘imminent threat’ of new flooding is over

Ministry of Transportation says Emergency Management BC had dam in stock

Crews erect a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
North Parallel Road, west of Whatcom Road, had some localized flooding on Tuesday (Nov. 30) that resulted in evacuation orders being issued for buildings in the area, including the Clarion Hotel and Castle Fun Park. (Photo: City of Abbotsford)

Abbotsford sees some localized flooding, but overall water levels are down

Evacuation orders issued for buildings on North Parallel Road near Whatcom

North Parallel Road, west of Whatcom Road, had some localized flooding on Tuesday (Nov. 30) that resulted in evacuation orders being issued for buildings in the area, including the Clarion Hotel and Castle Fun Park. (Photo: City of Abbotsford)
A still image taken from video shot by the Abbotsford Police Department shows floodwaters once again pooling near Castle Fun Park on North Parallel Road west of Whatcom Road. That area was heavily impacted after the first flood on Nov. 14 and 15.

Floodwaters move into Abbotsford again during heavy rainfall

Some areas are flooding again in midst of atmospheric river on Tuesday

A still image taken from video shot by the Abbotsford Police Department shows floodwaters once again pooling near Castle Fun Park on North Parallel Road west of Whatcom Road. That area was heavily impacted after the first flood on Nov. 14 and 15.
Marshall Road and McCallum Junction shopping centre were closed down on Sept. 11, 2020 following a police-involved shooting outside of the Cabela’s store. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford Police officer cleared of wrongdoing for shooting suspect outside Cabela’s

Police watchdog concludes officer was justified after being pepper-sprayed and attacked

Marshall Road and McCallum Junction shopping centre were closed down on Sept. 11, 2020 following a police-involved shooting outside of the Cabela’s store. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Sandbags in Huntingdon Village keep floodwaters from topping the railway tracks in the area of Second Avenue and Boundary Road on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford mayor says city in ‘good shape’ before next major rainfall

Henry Braun says flood levels have remained stable ahead of next weather system

Sandbags in Huntingdon Village keep floodwaters from topping the railway tracks in the area of Second Avenue and Boundary Road on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Sandbags in Huntingdon Village keep floodwaters from topping the railway tracks in the area of Second Avenue and Boundary Road on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Water levels rising in Abbotsford’s Huntingdon Village

Floodwaters continue to increase in southern Abbotsford neighbourhood on Monday afternoon

Sandbags in Huntingdon Village keep floodwaters from topping the railway tracks in the area of Second Avenue and Boundary Road on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
An evacuation order was issued Sunday night (Nov. 28) for seven units in a townhouse complex on Whatcom Road in Abbotsford.

Evacuation order issued for Abbotsford townhouse units after mudslide

Seven units affected in Forest Ridge complex on Whatcom Road

An evacuation order was issued Sunday night (Nov. 28) for seven units in a townhouse complex on Whatcom Road in Abbotsford.
Military personnel help with the placement of a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)

‘Tiger Dam’ being built on Highway 1 in Abbotsford to hold back floodwaters

Ministry of Transportation begins work Sunday night; freeway closed to all traffic

Military personnel help with the placement of a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Abbotsford City Hall on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

PM Justin Trudeau lands in Abbotsford to tour flooded areas

Meetings first with local officials, and then onto Victoria later in the day

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Abbotsford City Hall on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said Friday morning (Nov. 26) that one of the things he wants to discuss with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the Canadian Armed Forces’ continued presence in Abbotsford to assist with tasks such as sandbagging. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Abbotsford mayor says meeting with PM will be ‘very high-level overview’

Justin Trudeau to discuss flooding situation Friday with Henry Braun and others

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said Friday morning (Nov. 26) that one of the things he wants to discuss with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the Canadian Armed Forces’ continued presence in Abbotsford to assist with tasks such as sandbagging. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trudeau is scheduled to visit Abbotsford on Friday, Nov. 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tour flooded Sumas Prairie on Friday

PM will meet with Abbotsford officials; press conference later in Victoria

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trudeau is scheduled to visit Abbotsford on Friday, Nov. 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The dike breach at Cole Road has been fixed, as shown in this photo posted online on Nov. 25, 2021. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Abbotsford mayor says Thursday’s rainfall hasn’t added to flood levels

Henry Braun says he is worried about potential of Nooksack River to overflow again

The dike breach at Cole Road has been fixed, as shown in this photo posted online on Nov. 25, 2021. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Mark and Heidi Schurmann operate a dairy farm on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford. They are under an evacuation order but have decided to stay put. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford couple hope flood-relief funding covers farmers’ losses

Mark and Heidi Schurmann operate dairy farm on Sumas Prairie

Mark and Heidi Schurmann operate a dairy farm on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford. They are under an evacuation order but have decided to stay put. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)