Topic: B.c. floods 2021

More areas placed under flood watch in southern B.C., as province braces for return of storms

Communities throughout southern B.C. are preparing for an atmospheric river to strike on Saturday, even as federal plans to help the province recover from devastating floods and mudslides were announced.

Flood-stranded sturgeon pushed, pulled and carried back to the Fraser River

Professional angling guides Tyler Buck and Jay Gibson volunteered to move the giant fish two kilometres, returning it to the deep water of the main stem of the Fraser River.

Trudeau announces committee to shape flood recovery efforts in B.C.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the formation of a new federal committee to manage British Columbia's recovery from the recent flooding and deadly mudslides.

Prime minister tours flood zones as B.C. officials warn more storms are coming

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in British Columbia Friday for his first visit since record-breaking rainfall caused widespread flooding and mudslides in the province — and just as more storms are forecast to hit this weekend.

Here's a rundown of highway closures and conditions in B.C.

Planning a trip outside your home community? Check here for updates on road conditions as B.C. continues to recover from catastrophic rainfall that triggered landslides and forced road closures throughout the province.

Flood damage could cost farmers hundreds of millions of dollars, B.C. Agriculture Council says

Many farmers have been unable to return to their farms. Those that have are returning to massive destruction, said the president of the B.C. Agriculture Council.

Jammed phone line, delays for British Columbians trying to access Red Cross relief

The Red Cross and the province have partnered to offer $2,000 to British Columbians ordered to evacuate their homes due to flooding, which they can access by registering via phone call — but many have had trouble accessing the hotline.

'The time to prepare is now': B.C. officials warn South Coast residents ahead of storms

A series of storms of increasing intensity have already started to hit the region and the province's safety minister says make sure to have an emergency kit on hand and in the car if you have to be on the roads.

Coquihalla Highway could reopen for commercial use by end of January, minister says

The main highway connecting the Lower Mainland and the Interior could reopen as early as the end of January, if weather co-operates.

Most dikes across southwest B.C. could fail under stress, report warned in 2015

The breach of a dike in Abbotsford, B.C., that contributed to disastrous flooding throughout the Sumas plain was anticipated in a 2015 review for the provincial government.

Storm system set to soak regions of B.C. recovering from floods and mudslides

Communities left reeling by floods and mudslides in southern B.C. are set to face another series of storms heading into the weekend. Widespread damage continues to affect key highways and supply chains and thousands of people remain away from their homes.

Highway 1 reopens through the Fraser Valley

The province reopened Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Flood management in B.C. is left up to municipalities. Should it be?

Year after year, reports have been issued and warnings given that B.C.’s flood management system was haphazard and in need of upgrades or reform.

From fundraising to flood cleanup, Albertans join B.C. relief efforts

Albertans are stepping up to help B.C. residents deal with record-breaking floods.

Whistler ski hills open for season as storm system arrives

There are reports of flood-induced supply issues at some restaurants and gas stations and the province is urging people not to travel unless it's absolutely necessary.

'Selfless' man killed in B.C. mudslide used last moments to save his mother, sister says

Family have identified Brett Diederichs, 36, as the fifth person believed to have been killed by a landslide Monday in an area of B.C.’s Highway 99 known as Duffey Lake Road.

Canadian military arriving to aid B.C.'s flood-ravaged Princeton

Canadian Forces are being deployed to help clear critical roads and infrastructure in the B.C. interior town of Princeton, while a new evacuation order was issued for an address south of the city on Wednesday evening.

Province warns next 10 days could be 'quite challenging' as more storms set to hit B.C.

Up to 80 millimetres of rain is forecast for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, Whistler and the Fraser Valley, starting this morning and continuing until Friday.

Wind warning issued for Prince Rupert amid safety concerns at local hospital

A roof at the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital has been secured following concerns about its stability and structural integrity during high winds as another storm hits the B.C. coast. 

Merritt 'pet detective' rescues pets from evacuated homes, reunites them with owners

RCMP Const. David Feller has been working with the local SPCA to rescue cats, birds, lizards and hamsters that were left behind by their humans when they evacuated their homes.

Residents near Highway 8 washouts ask B.C. government to help as they struggle to communicate

Communication is virtually nonexistent in the Spences Bridge area, making it difficult for residents near Highway 8, which was washed out in several spots last week, to get emergency information.

Destroyed section of Hwy 1 was deemed 'high risk' of landslide in September post-wildfire report

A section of the Trans-Canada Highway destroyed by a mudslide east of Lytton, B.C., last week was identified months ago as being at risk of landslides and flooding following a devastating wildfire in the area this summer.

In the face of flooding disaster, Yarrow residents mobilized to look out for each other

A new relief community care centre has opened in Yarrow, B.C., to support residents in the aftermath of the floods.

First Merritt evacuees return home to 'a city that's changed'

About 1,500 residents of Merritt, B.C., were allowed to return to their homes Tuesday, a week after the entire city of 7,000 was forced to evacuate after the Coldwater River spilled its banks and caused the complete failure of the municipality's wastewater system. 

Heavy storms headed for southwest B.C., threatening recovery from floods and landslides

Officials are urging British Columbians to prepare for heavy rainfall hitting southwestern B.C., this week, which could worsen an already precarious situation for that part of the province.