More than 1,100 homes evacuated in Abbotsford, BC due to flood concerns

An evacuation order has been issued for the entire part of the Sumas prairie to the Chilliwack border in the eastern Fraser Valley.

The town of Abbotsford says the water level in the area is rising very fast and residents have been asked to leave the place immediately.

This affects the following areas:

  • Sumas prairie
  • Sumas Mountain, DeLair Road and Old Yale Road to the north, the U.S. border to the south, Chilliwack city limits to the east, Ridge West for the railroad to the west
  • Sumas Mountain and Old Yale Road to the north, the U.S. border to the south, Sumas River Dyck to the east, Sumas Way to the west

It affects about 1,100 homes in the area.

Residents in eastern Sumas Prairie who cannot travel west to evacuate are being asked to travel east to Chilliwack Secondary School, located at 46363 Yale Rd., Where a reception center has been set up, Abbotsford police said.

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A look at a property in Abbotsford on Sumas Prairie, located at North parallel and No. 4 Road.

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A look at a property in Abbotsford on Sumas Prairie, located at North parallel and No. 4 Road.

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Continued flooding and subsequent road waste forced the province to close Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Hope on Monday night.

Secretary of Public Safety Mike Farnworth said the highway will be closed in both directions with no timeline for when it will reopen.

“Our first priority is the safety of the people of Abbotsford,” Mayor Henry Braun said Tuesday morning. “All of the city’s resources are committed to mitigating this emergency, including Abbotsford police, fire, rescue, engineering and public works.”

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A state of emergency has also been declared in Chilliwack and residents are being asked to avoid unnecessary travel as severe flooding closed many arterial routes in the city.

The Chilliwack River is moving very fast and the water level is rising drastically, city officials said Monday.

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