PHOTOS: PM visits flood devastation in Abbotsford

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tour of the flood-affected areas of Abbotsford Friday with local officials

By Grace Kennedy | November 29, 2021 |5:15 am

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Friday evening, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan spoke to reporters about the flooding situation in Abbotsford from Victoria—and they didn’t really answer the Current’s question.

“How long should people in the Fraser Valley expect to wait before the dikes that protect them are upgraded?” we asked. Trudeau nodded the question over to Horgan, who did say that things do need to change in how flood protections are funded. (You can read more about that in our main flood story, or by watching the conference video.)

But before the pair fielded questions, Trudeau spent the afternoon touring Abbotsford to see how the flood-struck community was faring. Current editor Tyler Olsen was among the journalists present during the tour, which started at Abbotsford’s emergency operations centre and continued on to the Clayburn Village, which also experienced significant flooding during the first atmospheric river two weeks ago.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looking over a map of Abbotsford’s flooding in the city’s emergency operations centre on Friday (Nov. 26). 📸 Tyler Olsen
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks at maps of the flooding in Sumas Prairie as staff at the Abbotsford emergency operations centre look on. 📸 Tyler Olsen
Prime Minster Justin Ttudeau and Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun look at maps of the city’s flooding in the emergency operations centre. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth stands in the back. 📸 Tyler Olsen

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Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun points to one of several maps showing the flooding in Sumas Prairie. 📸 Tyler Olsen.
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces build a temporary dike in the Matsqui area. 📸 Tyler Olsen
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun walk with Canadian Armed Forces members during a tour of Clayburn Village. 📸 Tyler Olsen

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun meet with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Clayburn Friday. 📸 Tyler Olsen
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun meet with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Clayburn Friday. 📸 Tyler Olsen
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun meet with members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Clayburn Friday while the media looks on. 📸 Tyler Olsen

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Grace Kennedy

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