BC flood: Satellite images reveal the extent of the damage

TORONTO – Before and after the floods in British Columbia, satellite images reveal the true devastation experienced by the region.

The November 19 photos, provided by satellite company Maxar Technologies, show large areas of green farmland in Sumas Prairie near Abbotsford, BC, which are now covered by what appears to be turbid brown water.

Some of the before photos also show buildings and highways that are almost unrecognizable in the other photos.

The flood situation in the Sumas prairie has improved since these photos were taken. On Tuesday, Abbotsford’s evacuation order was downgraded to an evacuation alarm as water levels dropped in the area.

The downgrade meant that some residents were allowed to return to their homes. An update from city and provincial officials is expected later Tuesday.

In other parts of BC, residents are also experiencing an improvement. In Merritt, some residents were allowed to return home after the entire community was evacuated last week,

CN railroads are expected to resume “limited” service in southern BC tomorrow after floods and mudslides damaged the railroad line.

Before picture of BC flood

(Satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies)

Flood photos from 19 Nov.

(Satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies)

Flood photos from 19 Nov.

(Satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies)

Sumas Prairie near Abbotsford, BC

(Satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies)

After pictures of BC.  floods

(Satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies)

After pictures of BC.  floods

(Satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies)

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