The Fraser Valley flood

Find every story the Fraser Valley Current wrote about the 2021 landslides and flooding here.

By Fraser Valley Current Contributor | March 8, 2022 |11:32 am

On Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, rain was falling in the Fraser Valley. By Monday, the Fraser Valley had been all but cut off from the rest of the province, and rising waters in the American Nooksack River threatened local farmland. By December, floodwaters inundated all of Sumas Prairie, homes were lost to raging rivers, and millions of dollars in damage had affected the entire valley.

Here, you can find all of our stories from the more than two-week disaster, including analysis, breaking news, and investigations.

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Debris from November's floods is still scattered across parts of Sumas Prairie. 📷 Grace Kennedy
Debris from November’s floods is still scattered across parts of Sumas Prairie. 📷 Grace Kennedy

Facing the future

Although the flood is now over, the valley still needs to prepare for what comes next. These stories look at how the Fraser Valley is preparing for a future with more floods on the horizon.

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Mike Van Laerhoven (left) and Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger (right) revisited Rockwell Drive a month after the November landslides that tore through the lakeside roadway. 📸 Grace Kennedy

Handling the aftermath

When the water receded and the debris was cleared, there was still much left for the Fraser Valley to do. These are our stories on what happened after the disaster.

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Sumas Lake was at the centre of Fraser Valley life for thousands' of years, before it was drained a century ago.
Sumas Lake was at the centre of Fraser Valley life for thousands’ of years, before it was drained a century ago. 📷 The Reach Gallery Archives/Image:P188

Understanding disaster

While the Fraser Valley was experiencing its most costly disaster in decades, The Current was working to help residents understand why.

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A number of residents came out to watch the activity at the Chilliwack Airport Saturday (Nov. 20). 📸 Grace Kennedy

The crisis in photos

Abbotsford was underwater. The army was arriving with sandbags. Helicopters touched down for rescue missions in local airports. This is what we saw.

A view of the flooded highway 1. Highway sign reads: "Very slow traffic. Reduced speed ahead."
The view on Highway 1 on November 16, 2021. 📸 DriveBC/Twitter

The disaster, as it happened

Breaking news is a hallmark of every disaster. These are stories that show what was happening as it happened. Stories with an asterisk* were updated throughout the flood. The date and headline represents the first publication of the article.

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