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Huntingdon Village in the area of Second Avenue and Boundary Road on Nov. 30, 2021. (Photos by Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)

Evacuation order rescinded for Huntingdon Village in Abbotsford

Residents can go back to area, but must be prepared to be evacuated again

Huntingdon Village in the area of Second Avenue and Boundary Road on Nov. 30, 2021. (Photos by Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)
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)
A photo shows flood-caused damage that must be repaired on Elk View Road. (City of Chilliwack twitter photo)

City of Chilliwack closing section of Elk View Road for two days

Flooding erosion is the cause of the closure, though local traffic will still be able to get through

A photo shows flood-caused damage that must be repaired on Elk View Road. (City of Chilliwack twitter photo)
Chilliwack secondary teacher Jessica Cordeiro and student Emma Elander, seen here with the rest of her Art 9/10 class, crocheted baby hats for the maternity ward at Chilliwack General Hospital. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Students crochet baby hats for maternity ward at Chilliwack General Hospital

Chilliwack secondary art class made nearly 40 hats for newborn babies

Chilliwack secondary teacher Jessica Cordeiro and student Emma Elander, seen here with the rest of her Art 9/10 class, crocheted baby hats for the maternity ward at Chilliwack General Hospital. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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)
City of Chilliwack provided some tips on dealing with a flooded basement, or flooded garage like the one pictured here after record rains in November 2021. (Lisa Morry/Facebook screenshot)

City of Chilliwack offers tips on what to do when the basement floods

City pump stations are working at full capacity to help with drainage

City of Chilliwack provided some tips on dealing with a flooded basement, or flooded garage like the one pictured here after record rains in November 2021. (Lisa Morry/Facebook screenshot)
An evacuation order was issued for five properties along Chilliwack Lake Road on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (FVRD)

FVRD issues evacuation order for 5 more properties on Chilliwack Lake Road

Significant bank erosion from Chilliwack River is affecting 5 properties near Edwards Road

An evacuation order was issued for five properties along Chilliwack Lake Road on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (FVRD)
A young black bear will spend the winter in care and then will be released near Hope in the spring. (Lydia Koot/ Facebook)

Orphaned bear cub rescued safely in Hope will spend winter in care

Cub will spend winter in Langley and relocated back to Hope next spring

A young black bear will spend the winter in care and then will be released near Hope in the spring. (Lydia Koot/ Facebook)
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)
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)
Highway 1 has been blocked with a tiger dam since Sunday, preventing travel between Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (APD photo)

Teachers bused, using other accommodations to deal with highway issues in Fraser Valley

Highway closure has led Abbotsford and Chilliwack teachers to use shuttle or stay in hotels

Highway 1 has been blocked with a tiger dam since Sunday, preventing travel between Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (APD photo)
Smiling volunteer Tina Svehla joined others like Kim Davies (blue jacket) filling sandbags for their flooded neighbours at Townsend Park in Chilliwack, Nov. 30, 2021. (Jennifer Feinberg/Progress)

Chilliwack volunteers filled sandbags in the rain for flooded neighbours

Some were filling or delivering sandbags this week, while others dropped off supplies

Smiling volunteer Tina Svehla joined others like Kim Davies (blue jacket) filling sandbags for their flooded neighbours at Townsend Park in Chilliwack, Nov. 30, 2021. (Jennifer Feinberg/Progress)
Traffic backs up along the Lougheed Highway in the Harrison Mills area. In addition to mudslides and congestion, some drivers faced down a five-foot pothole that disabled multiple vehicles, according to eyewitnesses. (Photo/Russell Purcell)

UPDATE: Traffic slows along Hwy 7 after truck stalls, witnesses say

Stay connected to The Observer for the latest flooding information

Traffic backs up along the Lougheed Highway in the Harrison Mills area. In addition to mudslides and congestion, some drivers faced down a five-foot pothole that disabled multiple vehicles, according to eyewitnesses. (Photo/Russell Purcell)
Chilliwack Search and Rescue vehicles. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

CSAR rescues young adult from Chilliwack River Valley Tuesday evening

Search and rescue called to property where evacuation order was issued hours earlier

Chilliwack Search and Rescue vehicles. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
A photo of the crash on Highway 7 near Lake Errock. Facebook photo.

DriveBC: Highway 7 closed, again, following crash near Deroche Bridge

Reports of crash involving semi-truck and dumptruck by Lake Errock

A photo of the crash on Highway 7 near Lake Errock. Facebook photo.
Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will both see another 20 to 40 millimetres of rain today. (Pixabay)

Heavy rains will continue to pour on Lower Mainland today, Dec. 1

Another 20 to 40 mm can be expected before it tapers of by evening

Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will both see another 20 to 40 millimetres of rain today. (Pixabay)
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)
Evacuation orders were put in place for two properties at the bottom of Sumas Mountain on Nov. 30, 2021. (City of Abbotsford)

Evacuation orders and alerts issued for properties on Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford

Residents of two properties ordered to leave with five others put on standby

Evacuation orders were put in place for two properties at the bottom of Sumas Mountain on Nov. 30, 2021. (City of Abbotsford)
Residents of Riverview Drive in Hope fill sandbags on Nov. 29, 2021, one day before the District of Hope issued an evacuation alert for 114 homes on the Coquihalla River. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

More than 100 homes put on evacuation alert on Coquihalla River in Hope

‘Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to an evacuation’

Residents of Riverview Drive in Hope fill sandbags on Nov. 29, 2021, one day before the District of Hope issued an evacuation alert for 114 homes on the Coquihalla River. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)