The City of Abbotsford has issued an immediate evacuation order for Sumas Prairie due to a localized landslide.
The was signed by the city manager juster before 6 a.m., including the area bordered by Sumas Mountain, DeLair Road, Old Yale Road to the north, the U.S. border to the south, the Chilliwack border to the east, and the ridge west of Railway Road.
Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service, Abbotsford Police and the the city’s public works staff will be helping with the evacuation and of approximately 1,100 homes.
“Water levels are rising very quickly. Residents are being asked to evacuate immediately,” said the Abbotsford Police Department on social media.
Evacuees are told to travel the route provided and register at the ESS Reception Centre located at the Tradex building on 1190 Cornell Street, or Chilliwack Senior Secondary located at 46363 Yale Road.
Before leaving, people are advised to shut off all gas and electric appliances other than refrigerators and freezers, all windows and doors, close gates but do not lock them, check on neighbours, take pets and critical items such as medicine, money and keys if able, and not to use the telephone unless you need emergency service.
More to come.