As BC flood costs rise, county signals a shift in funding

Canadian Forces members build temporary sandbag embankment behind houses on Clayburn Creek on Nov. 24, 2021 in anticipation of a rain warning Environment Canada has forecast for the region already affected by flooding, in Abbotsford, BCDARYL DYCK/The Canadian Press After more than a decade of fruitless lobbying by local governments, BC Prime Minister John Horgan … Read more

BC communities warned to prepare for more flooding, highways closed as storms return

Debris is pictured along a flooded road in Abbotsford, BC, Thursday, November 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan HaywardJONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press Dozens of communities on British Columbia’s southern coast are on guard against flooding as the province prepares for a new storm system that will bring heavy rainfall to communities recovering less than two weeks … Read more

BC, Ottawa Strike New Climate and Disaster Committee, Pledge to Match Flood Donations

British Columbia and federal governments strike a joint committee of ministers to address disaster relief and climate resilience, and have agreed to match Canada’s donations to Red Cross flood relief efforts. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcements Friday night, after meeting to discuss the deadly landslides and floods that have devastated southwestern British Columbia. … Read more

Long way to go for BC as repairs to Coquihalla Highway, the main route between Vancouver and Kamloops, begin

A collapsed section of a bridge lies in water after severe flooding and landslides on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, BC, as seen in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Nov. 22, 2021.DARYL DYCK/The Canadian Press British Columbians were given a sobering verdict on the immensity of the repairs needed … Read more

Ottawa deploys military to help flood BC

Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides earlier this week is pictured along the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, BC, on Nov. 18.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press Members of the Canadian Forces are expected to begin construction Friday on a levee in the agricultural center of Abbotsford, BC, much of which is submerged after this week’s catastrophic … Read more

British Columbia asks for access to secured gas reserves in the United States

Prime Minister John Horgan has made a formal request to the Canadian government to ask the United States to access safe gas reserves. In a one-on-one interview with Global News, Horgan said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal officials will ask the Biden administration for help in obtaining gas. “I have appealed to the Prime … Read more

BC death toll expected to rise after record floods devastate province

Historic floods flooded homes and farms in Abbotsford, BC, on Nov. 17. The city, which produces much of the dairy and poultry in the province, is largely under water.JESSE WINTER/Reuters Prime Minister John Horgan has declared a state of emergency in British Columbia, giving the province extraordinary powers to deal with the devastation of this … Read more

British Columbia now under flood emergency across province

The BC government has declared a state of emergency over flooding in the province. The statement gives the province various powers, from stopping hoarding to restricting travel in and out of flood plains. “The order will maintain basic access to supplies across the province. We will introduce transit restrictions to ensure services reach the communities … Read more