B.C. Floods 2021

Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun captured video of a flooded Highway 1 between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking east on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

New policy on flood mitigation to tackle risks to B.C. businesses and infrastructure

Business leaders from Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Surrey co-authored action-oriented policy

Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun captured video of a flooded Highway 1 between Cole Road and No. 3 Road looking east on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Mission Creek is flowing at a height of 2 meters. (Jen Zielinski/Capital News)

Flood watch: Search suspended for missing woman in Kelowna water

The City of Kelowna declared a state of emergency on June 14

Mission Creek is flowing at a height of 2 meters. (Jen Zielinski/Capital News)
Missing woman Chelsea Cardno dining with best friend Josiah Crowell (contributed by Josiah Crowell)

Missing Kelowna woman ‘wouldn’t have thought twice’ to jump into creek to save dog: friend

Crowell speculates Chelsea may have followed her dog into the creek

Missing woman Chelsea Cardno dining with best friend Josiah Crowell (contributed by Josiah Crowell)
Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. As B.C. heads into another summer, diversifying the supply chain can mitigate some of the economic impacts of extreme weather. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Diversifying B.C.’s supply chain crucial to combat negative impact of extreme weather

Spring runoff could cause continued issues for Interior residents, businesses

Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. As B.C. heads into another summer, diversifying the supply chain can mitigate some of the economic impacts of extreme weather. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Floodwaters are seen from the air in Abbotsford, B.C., on Nov. 23, 2021. November’s floods in British Columbia that swamped homes and farms, swept away roads and bridges and killed five people are now the mostly costly weather event in provincial history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Flood of atmospheric rivers in B.C. cost $675 million in insured damage: bureau

Increase over previous estimate due to business claims where commercial insurance is more available

Floodwaters are seen from the air in Abbotsford, B.C., on Nov. 23, 2021. November’s floods in British Columbia that swamped homes and farms, swept away roads and bridges and killed five people are now the mostly costly weather event in provincial history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Bridge over Kelowna’s Mission Creek at KLO and Spiers roads. (Photo/Jacqueline Gelineau)
Bridge over Kelowna’s Mission Creek at KLO and Spiers roads. (Photo/Jacqueline Gelineau)
Rain falls near Duncan, B.C., on Sunday, January 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Rain, late spring thaw has large parts of B.C. watching their riverbanks

Unsettled weather has also prompted a snowfall warning for the highest elevations of Highway 3

Rain falls near Duncan, B.C., on Sunday, January 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
In this photo provided by the National Park Service, is high water in the Gardiner River along the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Montana, that washed out part of a road on Monday, June 13, 2022. (National Park Service via AP)

Yellowstone flooding sweeps away bridge, washes out roads

Flooding hits after what park officials are calling ‘unprecedented rains’

In this photo provided by the National Park Service, is high water in the Gardiner River along the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Montana, that washed out part of a road on Monday, June 13, 2022. (National Park Service via AP)
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is making sand and bags available for filling. (CSRD file photo)

Snowmelt, rain prompts flood watch for several Shuswap rivers

Columbia Shuswap Regional District making sand and bags available

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is making sand and bags available for filling. (CSRD file photo)
British Columbia’s provincial flag flies in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. The River Forecast Centre has upgraded it ranking of the the East Kootenay region to flood watch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Central Kootenay region in B.C. issues evacuation alert for community of Six Mile

Residents not required to leave yet, but asked to be ready to go

British Columbia’s provincial flag flies in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. The River Forecast Centre has upgraded it ranking of the the East Kootenay region to flood watch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Cattle graze on a farm on the Nicola River that was affected by flooding in November, west of Merritt, B.C., on March 23, 2022. A high streamflow advisory has been issued due to snowmelt above the North Thompson River in central British Columbia. Within the Nicola River, a streamflow advisory was issued because rain from last week is still moving through the watershed’s reservoirs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

High streamflow advisory issued for rivers overwhelmed by November’s flooding in B.C.

Snowmelt above North Thompson will send a “pulse” of water downstream, significant rainfall not expected

Cattle graze on a farm on the Nicola River that was affected by flooding in November, west of Merritt, B.C., on March 23, 2022. A high streamflow advisory has been issued due to snowmelt above the North Thompson River in central British Columbia. Within the Nicola River, a streamflow advisory was issued because rain from last week is still moving through the watershed’s reservoirs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Sandbags being prepared in Smithers as the Bulkley River rises. (Marisca Bakker photo)

Residents of flood-prone areas in B.C. urged to be ready to leave at short notice

Up to 70 millimetres of rain could fall in some parts of the province between Thursday and Saturday

Sandbags being prepared in Smithers as the Bulkley River rises. (Marisca Bakker photo)
A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021. According to a survey 2022 survey by BCAA, most British Columbians fear more extreme weather events. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

85% of British Columbians fear another extreme weather event, but few are prepared: survey

Almost half of survey respondents taking “wait-and-see” approach, BCAA found

A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021. According to a survey 2022 survey by BCAA, most British Columbians fear more extreme weather events. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
The ferry at Usk east of Terrace has been pulled from service on the Skeena River for now because of rising water levels. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

High streamflow advisory for B.C.’s lower Fraser River, snowpack remains high

River Forecast Centre advisory applies to areas from Quesnel downstream to the ocean

The ferry at Usk east of Terrace has been pulled from service on the Skeena River for now because of rising water levels. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming views flooding and mudslide repair and clean up progress on the Coquihalla Highway northeast of Hope, B.C., Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Emergency officials say as many as 20 buildings are flooded in three northwestern British Columbia communities but a break in the weather has slowed rising waterways across the region and evacuation orders are set to be updated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Forecast centre says river in northeast B.C. could surge to flood conditions

Break in the weather has slowed rising waterways however, across the northwest region

B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming views flooding and mudslide repair and clean up progress on the Coquihalla Highway northeast of Hope, B.C., Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Emergency officials say as many as 20 buildings are flooded in three northwestern British Columbia communities but a break in the weather has slowed rising waterways across the region and evacuation orders are set to be updated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Floodwaters cover a road after water began to recede at Everglades Resort on Hatzic Lake near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. Evacuation orders have been issued for three small communities in northwestern British Columbia as the flood risk rises across the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘15-20 structures’ flooded in northwest B.C., as flood risk continues

Officials say break in the weather has slowed the rise of the Skeena River

Floodwaters cover a road after water began to recede at Everglades Resort on Hatzic Lake near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. Evacuation orders have been issued for three small communities in northwestern British Columbia as the flood risk rises across the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Floodwaters cover a road after water began to recede at Everglades Resort on Hatzic Lake near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. Evacuation orders have been issued for three small communities in northwestern British Columbia as the flood risk rises across the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Evacuations, local state of emergency in northwest B.C., as flood risk rises

Flood danger dropping for much of the southern Interior, from the Cariboo Plateau to the US border

Floodwaters cover a road after water began to recede at Everglades Resort on Hatzic Lake near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. Evacuation orders have been issued for three small communities in northwestern British Columbia as the flood risk rises across the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A property affected by November flooding of the Nicola River is seen along Highway 8 on the Shackan Indian Band, northwest of Merritt, B.C., Thursday, March 24, 2022. British Columbia officials are closing some roadways as forecasted heavy rainfall and warming weather increases the risk of flooding in parts of the province’s north and Interior. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Communities across B.C. brace for potential flooding this weekend and next week

A late spring thaw and remaining snowpacks mean warm weather could trigger disaster

A property affected by November flooding of the Nicola River is seen along Highway 8 on the Shackan Indian Band, northwest of Merritt, B.C., Thursday, March 24, 2022. British Columbia officials are closing some roadways as forecasted heavy rainfall and warming weather increases the risk of flooding in parts of the province’s north and Interior. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A mudflow cuts across the access road to a property on Highway 8 east of Spences Bridge on June 3, 2022. Heavy rain and the potential for debris flows has prompted the closure of Highway 1 between Spences Bridge and Lytton. (Photo credit: Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan)

Highway 1 closed between Lytton and Spences Bridge as proactive measure

Highway will remain closed until the morning of June 4 due to the potential for debris flows

A mudflow cuts across the access road to a property on Highway 8 east of Spences Bridge on June 3, 2022. Heavy rain and the potential for debris flows has prompted the closure of Highway 1 between Spences Bridge and Lytton. (Photo credit: Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan)
Trucks haul loads of rock on a section of Highway 8 along the Nicola River, which had to be rebuilt after it was washed away during November flooding affecting the Shackan Indian Band, northwest of Merritt, B.C., on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Evacuation alerts, flood watch, stream advisories as B.C. braces for rain, snow melt

Concern persists above-average temperatures could cause heavy snowpacks to melt rapidly

Trucks haul loads of rock on a section of Highway 8 along the Nicola River, which had to be rebuilt after it was washed away during November flooding affecting the Shackan Indian Band, northwest of Merritt, B.C., on Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck