That was some sort of rainstorm we saw over the weekend, eh? After 2021, lots of people remain on edge, I know. But these bad rainstorms are a good reminder that the valley has the ability to soak up a huge amount of rain before something bad actually happens. What we saw in 2021 was a very rare event. It’s not likely to happen again soon.
But that’s the thing about preparedness (which is the subject of today’s main story). It’s the unlikely things that we tend to not prepare for. And something that is unlikely to happen on any one day becomes near-inevitable over a long enough time period. So obviously we need to be prepared, both as individuals and communities. But more than that, we need to stick with it and not get distracted. Fear isn’t helpful. But neither is ignorance.
More aware. Better prepared. But still vulnerable.
Two years after 2021’s flood of Sumas Prairie, the region is better prepared, but still vulnerable. 📷 City of Abbotsford
Two years after 2021’s devastating floods and landslides, the region is better prepared for a future event. But it’s not prepared enough.
In recent months, FVC readers have questioned whether our region is just as vulnerable as in 2021. This month, The Current is going to try to answer those questions, using public documents, responses from governments, and our own eyes.
In three stories this week, we’ll focus on the Nooksack River and Sumas Prairie—the site of one of Canada’s most-expensive natural disasters.
We’ve catalogued the work that has been done the last 24 months, the projects that are planned and proposed but not yet funded, and the governmental and climactic uncertainties that complicate the situation. We will be publishing three separate stories in The Current’s daily newsletter.
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📷 Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Work on new Dewdney Bridge to start this fall
The project will replace the old Dewdney Bridge with a higher, less flood-prone construction and include new intersections on either side of the Nicomen Slough, an arm of the Fraser River. The old bridge, built in 1958, is nearing the end of its life but will remain open during construction of the new bridge upstream. Drivers on Highway 7 can expect minor delays.
The new bridge will cost $32.6 million and hold two lanes of traffic and a three-metre-wide lane for cyclists and pedestrians.
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Wedding dancing: Bez Arts Hub in Langley hosts My Cousin’s Wedding—a wedding-inspired dance with DJ Simon Bridgefoot Nov. 10 at 6:30pm. Details online.
Mozart: Fraser Valley Symphony celebrates its 40th anniversary season with Mozart and Mendelssohn featuring soloist David Gillham on violin Nov. 12 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. Tickets online.
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