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Monday, October 2, 2023

Flood warning and evacuation alerts raised; Nooksack River overflows after weekend rains

As a sequence of atmospheric floods continues to batter B.C.’s South Coast, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun says he’s growing worried about rising seas in and around his city.

During a press conference on Sunday, Braun stated that water has now climbed above a barrier on the Nooksack River and is gathering between the river and an adjacent road, as reported by Whatcom County in Washington state.

The flood flow is predicted to surpass Abbotsford later Sunday, according to Braun, because existing sandbag walls are insufficient to block the Nooksack River. “It’ll cross Main Street in Everson, Washington, and then head here. After then, there’s nothing that can be done, “Braun remarked.

Last week, the city got 100 millimeters of rain, snowfall is receding, the climate is changing, and more rain is expected in the following days. According to Braun, the sea level in the Sumas Prairie lake bottom has risen 75 millimetres since Saturday.

Braun mentioned that centralized flooding had engulfed the Clayburn Village neighbourhood of Abbotsford, which is still under evacuation orders, with water levels reaching 450 mm. Crews, including military personnel are still doing Stalling and other flood protection work. Due to assistance from the provincial and federal governments, Braun said the community has all it needs to be prepared.

Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack was closed by the Ministry of Transportation at 5 p.m. P.T. on Sunday night due to flooding concerns.

In furthermore, additional evacuation orders have been issued for the Huntingdon Village neighbourhood of Abbotsford. Following a mudslide in the region, seven residences on the city’s Whatcom Road were ordered to evacuate, while other properties along Sandringham Drive were placed on an evacuation alert.

Source: CBC News

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