B.C. Floods 2021

The flooding appears to be caused by an ice jam along the Quesnel River. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The flooding appears to be caused by an ice jam along the Quesnel River. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Members of Sikh Motorcycle Club Canada in the Harrison area take a brief break in frigid conditions as they work on a Harrison Hot Springs property on Monday, Jan. 3. The club has worked to restore livable conditions in the Harrison area, Yarrow and beyond in a volunteer campaign helping those affected by the November floods. (Photo/Sikh Motorcycle Club Canada)

VIDEO: Sikh Motorcycle Club helps to restore flood-ridden properties in Harrison area, Yarrow

‘We feel very proud to serve our fellow Canadians who are in need,’ club says

Members of Sikh Motorcycle Club Canada in the Harrison area take a brief break in frigid conditions as they work on a Harrison Hot Springs property on Monday, Jan. 3. The club has worked to restore livable conditions in the Harrison area, Yarrow and beyond in a volunteer campaign helping those affected by the November floods. (Photo/Sikh Motorcycle Club Canada)
King tides encroach on Imperial Lane homes in Ucluelet on Jan. 2.

King tides surge along Tofino and Ucluelet coastline

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve urges residents and visitors to be CoastSmart

King tides encroach on Imperial Lane homes in Ucluelet on Jan. 2.
A house sits on high ground surrounded by flooded farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Premier John Horgan acknowledged an “exceptionally challenging” year in a statement on New Year’s Eve. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. farmers ‘white-knuckling’ their way through extreme cold after floods, heat dome

Remaining moisture in structures on Sumas Prairie may lead to even more damage from frost

A house sits on high ground surrounded by flooded farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Premier John Horgan acknowledged an “exceptionally challenging” year in a statement on New Year’s Eve. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Near the No. 3 Road exit as seen from Highway 1 on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

TOP STORIES 2021: Flood, slides in Chilliwack part of worst-ever weather disaster

Scale of damage in Chilliwack was devastating, even if minor compared to Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie

Near the No. 3 Road exit as seen from Highway 1 on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Barrowtown Pump Station is getting a backup generator to keep it running during power outages. Funding of $6.5 million is coming from the provincial government. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Barrowtown Pump Station in Abbotsford to get backup generator

Council awards $3.3M contract out of $6.5M grant from the province

The Barrowtown Pump Station is getting a backup generator to keep it running during power outages. Funding of $6.5 million is coming from the provincial government. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Sourav Arora (left) and Jasreet Ghuman raised more than $7,000 for the Canadian Red Cross’s flood-recovery appeal. The donation is being matched by the provincial and federal governments for a total contribution of more than $21,000. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford students’ Red Cross donation for flood recovery tops $21K

Pair’s GoFundMe campaign matched by provincial and federal governments

Sourav Arora (left) and Jasreet Ghuman raised more than $7,000 for the Canadian Red Cross’s flood-recovery appeal. The donation is being matched by the provincial and federal governments for a total contribution of more than $21,000. (Submitted photo)
The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with houses and barns on the property. (Photo by Caroline Mostertman)

Class-action lawsuit filed to recoup losses from Sumas Prairie flooding in Abbotsford

Defendants were ‘grossly negligent’ in failing to properly warn residents, lawsuit states

The floodwaters that swept over Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie, starting on Nov. 14, destroyed Ripples Winery on Tolmie Road along with houses and barns on the property. (Photo by Caroline Mostertman)
KMS Tools, which has locations in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, has donated $100,000 to help with flood recovery efforts. (Photo: City of Abbotsford)

KMS Tools donates $100K to flood relief efforts

Stores in Abbotsford and Chilliwack among those contributing

KMS Tools, which has locations in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, has donated $100,000 to help with flood recovery efforts. (Photo: City of Abbotsford)
A rail bridge washed out from the flood waters is pictured near Merritt, B.C. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Economic growth in British Columbia will face erosion from the recent floods and slides that crippled transportation links, but the resilience of government and industry to keep supply chains open limits the damage, says an economist. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Flood disaster takes bite out of B.C. economy, sends infrastructure wake-up call

Major highways and rail lines were destroyed in November’s storms

A rail bridge washed out from the flood waters is pictured near Merritt, B.C. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Economic growth in British Columbia will face erosion from the recent floods and slides that crippled transportation links, but the resilience of government and industry to keep supply chains open limits the damage, says an economist. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Caleb Kinvig decorates his tree for his senior match in the Planting Intergenerational Promises program at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)

Project at Abbotsford school helps students cope with trauma of flooding

Grade 3 class at Upper Sumas Elementary makes Christmas trees and cards for seniors

Caleb Kinvig decorates his tree for his senior match in the Planting Intergenerational Promises program at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)
Andrew Charpentier (second from left) is arrested in the 45900 block of Wellington Avenue in Chilliwack after allegedly stealing from flood victims on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Man arrested in Chilliwack accused of stealing from Abbotsford flood victims

Andrew Charpentier has been charged with four counts of break-and-enter

Andrew Charpentier (second from left) is arrested in the 45900 block of Wellington Avenue in Chilliwack after allegedly stealing from flood victims on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Abbotsford residents whose homes require repair or rebuilding from the recent flooding will not have to pay building-permit fees, and the application process is being sped up. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)

Building-permit fees waived in Abbotsford for flood-damaged homes

City also agrees to speed up application process for impacted property owners

Abbotsford residents whose homes require repair or rebuilding from the recent flooding will not have to pay building-permit fees, and the application process is being sped up. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)
Gavin King, 8, of Coquitlam crafted mini clay Christmas trees as a fundraiser for the Abbotsford-based Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue. (Submitted photo)

Boy, 8, crafts clay Christmas trees and raises $3,500 for Abbotsford search-and-rescue team

Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue visits Gavin King of Coquitlam to thank him

Gavin King, 8, of Coquitlam crafted mini clay Christmas trees as a fundraiser for the Abbotsford-based Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue. (Submitted photo)
The Great Canadian Flood Relief online concert takes place Dec. 19 with funds going to the Canadian Red Cross for people who lost homes and properties in B.C., Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Online concert will benefit flood victims nationwide through Canadian Red Cross

Chilliwack’s Geoff Edwards 1 of 3 hosts for Great Canadian Flood Relief concert

The Great Canadian Flood Relief online concert takes place Dec. 19 with funds going to the Canadian Red Cross for people who lost homes and properties in B.C., Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
A work crew had to move ahead creating a subfloor in an Abbotsford home with no power, after BC Hydro made the decision to cut the power to the home. (Kelly Sansalone photo)

Abbotsford homeowners shocked to have power cut during flood restoration job

BC Hydro cutting power to flood-damaged homes that have ‘imminent electrical hazards’

A work crew had to move ahead creating a subfloor in an Abbotsford home with no power, after BC Hydro made the decision to cut the power to the home. (Kelly Sansalone photo)
An Abbotsford Facebook group is collecting gift cards to help victims of the recent flooding.

Abbotsford Facebook group collects gift cards for flood victims

Cards passed along to help residents purchase groceries, clothing and other items

An Abbotsford Facebook group is collecting gift cards to help victims of the recent flooding.
The Abbotsford Cardinals training facility was completely destroyed by the recent flooding, but PavCo delivered the baseball team some good news by donating its used turf to the club.

Abbotsford Cardinals receive turf donation from PavCo

Portion of used turf at BC Place being donated to local baseball club hit hard by flooding

The Abbotsford Cardinals training facility was completely destroyed by the recent flooding, but PavCo delivered the baseball team some good news by donating its used turf to the club.
The Vancouver Park Board has created a brand new beach for residents to enjoy. (Vancouver Park Board)

New Barge Chilling Beach makes its debut on Vancouver’s shoreline

Barge washed up on Sunset Beach during the mid-November storms

The Vancouver Park Board has created a brand new beach for residents to enjoy. (Vancouver Park Board)
The Abbotsford Fish and Game Club (AFGC) – at the base of Sumas Mountain – was submerged when massive flood hitting the area in mid-November. (Photo courtesy of AFGC)

Abbotsford Fish and Game Club recovers from flood damage, including bridge loss

Site serves as Western Canada firearms training centre for border and corrections personnel

The Abbotsford Fish and Game Club (AFGC) – at the base of Sumas Mountain – was submerged when massive flood hitting the area in mid-November. (Photo courtesy of AFGC)