British Columbia Sun

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Abbotsford mayor hopes for good in increasing flood state of emergency

Key takeaways: 

  • The local emergency state now Nov. 29 notwithstanding growth recovering dike and pump station.
  • Sandbags are in position at the Barrowtown Pump Station in Abbotsford, B.C., in a picture published to the city’s Twitter account Sunday. 

Mayors fingers crossed in flood state of emergency: 

The mayor of flood-ravaged Abbotsford, B.C., has increased a provincial state of emergency till Nov. 29 as attempts to fight destructive flooding slope up ahead of added rain anticipated in the next week.

Mayor Henry Braun believes wet climate in the forecast will be compensated by his city’s growth in restoring a shielding dike and opening the floodgates of an essential pump station this weekend.

He stated the “monumental” attempt to repair the dike has entered a time where water from the Sumas River is “no longer flowing” into what was earlier the Sumas Lake, the previous waterway in the region that was tapped for farmland a hundred years ago.

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But the mayor urged the block must still be built an additional three metres and grew to be active versus added water running in.

“We need to get this all done before the next weather system,” Braun stated. “We’re going to get 80 to 100 millimetres of water over the next four days.┬áSource – cbc.ca

“If it’s spread out over the next four days, and doesn’t come over the border, I’m optimistic. Our fingers are crossed.” Source – cbc.ca

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