Flooding in B.C. nearly brought back a lake drained 100 years ago
For thousands of years, Sumas Lake was one of the defining features of the Fraser Valley. But about 100 years ago, it was drained to make way for farming and residential lands. This week, the community near Abbotsford, B.C., nearly watched the lake come back as flood water threatened to shut down the local pumping station. Tyler Olsen, managing editor of the local independent news outlet the Fraser Valley Current, has written about the lake's history and the legacy of the decision to drain it.