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This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. (Japan Meteorology Agency via AP)

UPDATE: All B.C. Tsunami advisories cleared

No need for action, local fire and rescue departments say

 

Abbotsford Police were at Peardonville Park (southwest corner of Clearbrook and Peardonville roads) on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 where a man was found with stab wounds. (John Morrow/ Abbotsford News)

UPDATE w/PHOTOS: 1 man dead following early-morning stabbing in Abbotsford

IHIT investigating stabbing at Peardonville Park, Abbotsford Police believe it was targeted

 

Ice brought down trees and power lines throughout Chilliwack on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: More than 6,000 customers still without power in Chilliwack, Agassiz due to ice storm

Trees and power lines encased in heavy ice knocks out power throughout Chilliwack

 

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TRAFFIC: Hwy. 3 east of Hope resumes single-lane alternating traffic following afternoon closure

Highway 3 is open to single-lane traffic east of Hope following a…

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Traffic is slow on Highway 1 east in the Herriling Island area following a vehicle incident early Tuesday afternoon. (Screenshot/Google Maps)
Traffic is slow on Highway 1 east in the Herriling Island area following a vehicle incident early Tuesday afternoon. (Screenshot/Google Maps)
Culvert repairs continue Dec. 12, 2021 at Mine Creek on Highway 5, on of the damaged sites on the Coquihalla Highway after record mid-November rainfall and landslides. (B.C. transportation ministry photo)

B.C.’s Coquihalla Highway to reopen Dec. 20 for essential traffic

Temporary access while major reconstruction is completed

Culvert repairs continue Dec. 12, 2021 at Mine Creek on Highway 5, on of the damaged sites on the Coquihalla Highway after record mid-November rainfall and landslides. (B.C. transportation ministry photo)
Ninja survived the flooding on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford in mid-November and made his way back to his former home in Huntingdon – almost 20 kilometres away.

Ninja the cat survives Abbotsford flooding, travels almost 20 km to former home

Pet got away from owner during evacuation from Sumas Prarie home on Nov. 15

Ninja survived the flooding on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford in mid-November and made his way back to his former home in Huntingdon – almost 20 kilometres away.
FILE – Motorists purchase fuel at a gas station in Kamloops, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. British Columbia is lifting gas rationing measures put in place following recent devastating floods. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

VIDEO: B.C. to lift gas restrictions in southwest region, extends state of emergency

Gas restriction were first put in place in mid-November

FILE – Motorists purchase fuel at a gas station in Kamloops, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. British Columbia is lifting gas rationing measures put in place following recent devastating floods. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Nearly 15,000 people were forced from their homes in southwestern B.C., where repairs on some severed highways and bridges have been made while the Coquihalla Highway, a major route to B.C.’s Interior, is expected to remain closed until late January. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Volunteers join forces to help clean up after unprecedented flooding in Abbotsford

Flood damage across B.C. is expected to cost $450 million

Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Nearly 15,000 people were forced from their homes in southwestern B.C., where repairs on some severed highways and bridges have been made while the Coquihalla Highway, a major route to B.C.’s Interior, is expected to remain closed until late January. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Kent was the hardest area hit in the Eastern Fraser Valley with 263 customers without power, accoring to BC Hydro.

UPDATE: More than 400 homes still without power in Eastern Fraser Valley

Early-morning winds knocked out power to thousands in Fraser Valley, Abbotsford hardest hit

Kent was the hardest area hit in the Eastern Fraser Valley with 263 customers without power, accoring to BC Hydro.
Fields on Tolmie Road in Abbotsford were still flooded on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The area is in the “lake bottom” portion of Sumas Prairie, where evacuation orders were lifted on Friday (Dec. 10). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

‘Worst days are behind us,’ says Abbotsford mayor about flooding situation

Henry Braun gives final flood press conference as he lifts final evacuation order

Fields on Tolmie Road in Abbotsford were still flooded on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The area is in the “lake bottom” portion of Sumas Prairie, where evacuation orders were lifted on Friday (Dec. 10). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Farmer Avtar Dhillon was surprised to see that his saffron plants survived the	catastrophic flooding that hit the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford in mid-November.	(Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford saffron farm suffers major flood losses, but crop is in renewal

Small glimmer of hope amid devastating situation for Sumas Prairie family

Farmer Avtar Dhillon was surprised to see that his saffron plants survived the	catastrophic flooding that hit the Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford in mid-November.	(Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Evacuation order lifted for south portion of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford

Orders have now been rescinded for three of the four areas impacted by flooding

Fields along Tolmie Road on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford were still flooded on Dec. 7, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
A collapsed section of bridge destroyed by severe flooding is seen in Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Nearly 300 still in the dark in flood-ravaged Merritt area as BC Hydro works to restore power

City was evacuated on Nov. 15 when heavy rains led to river overflowing

A collapsed section of bridge destroyed by severe flooding is seen in Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Highway 7 near Agassiz is clear Tuesday morning. Travel restrictions have been lifted for Highway 7 between Mission and Hope. (Screenshot/DriveBC)

Hwy. 7 open to all travel between Mission and Hope

Essential travel restrictions lifted Monday evening

Highway 7 near Agassiz is clear Tuesday morning. Travel restrictions have been lifted for Highway 7 between Mission and Hope. (Screenshot/DriveBC)
The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with the distillery, crops, equipment, houses and barns on the property. (Photos by Caroline Mostertman)

Abbotsford farmer and winery owner shares thoughts on devastating flood losses

Ripples Winery among the casualties in catastrophic flooding on Sumas Prairie

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The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with the distillery, crops, equipment, houses and barns on the property. (Photos by Caroline Mostertman)
An evacuation order for the “central” portion of Sumas Prairie was lifted Monday (Dec. 6). An order for the north portion was lifted Friday (Dec. 3), but the south and “lake bottom” areas remain under evacuation orders.

Evacuation order lifted for central portion of Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford

Mayor Henry Braun extends local state of emergency by another week

An evacuation order for the “central” portion of Sumas Prairie was lifted Monday (Dec. 6). An order for the north portion was lifted Friday (Dec. 3), but the south and “lake bottom” areas remain under evacuation orders.
The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund has grown to $1.5 million (as of Dec. 6) in support of victims of the catastrophic flooding that hit Sumas Prairie and beyond starting in mid-November. (Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)

Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund reaches $1.5M to help flood victims

Money is now being distributed to on-the-ground relief agencies

The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund has grown to $1.5 million (as of Dec. 6) in support of victims of the catastrophic flooding that hit Sumas Prairie and beyond starting in mid-November. (Andrew Holota/Black Press Media)
Transportation Minister Rob Fleming (File Photo)

Highway 7 to open Monday afternoon: B.C. Transportation Minister

Hwy. 7 currently open to essential travel only

Transportation Minister Rob Fleming (File Photo)
Crews build an erosion control embankment along Hwy. 3 on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

B.C.’s storm recovery ‘trending in the right direction,’ but gas rationing to remain

Province is entering recovery efforts as storms subside

Crews build an erosion control embankment along Hwy. 3 on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)