Flooding in British Columbia: Abbotsford braces for more rainwater than the first atmospheric river

Henry Braun says they expect 90 to 120 millimeters of rain on Saturday and Sunday, then another 150 millimeters on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said the city braces for more rain in the coming days than the initial atmospheric river earlier this month which caused catastrophic flooding.

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At a press conference on Friday, Braun said conditions remained stable with the Barrowtown Pumping Station – a four-pump station that keeps the Fraser River out of the Sumas Lake Canal and protects many square kilometers of land. first-rate agricultural products.

With the Sumas River barn, the floodgates remain fully open, dumping water into the Fraser River, he said. However, he warned that things could get worse.

“We remain very concerned about the upcoming weather events,” he said.

Abbotsford received about 50 millimeters of rain overnight, and they expect another downpour this weekend.

During the first atmospheric river from November 12 to 14, Abbotsford received 180 millimeters of rain. Braun said they expected 90 to 120 millimeters on Saturday and Sunday, then another 150 millimeters on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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If so, it results in more rain than the initial atmospheric river, Braun said.

“The water levels are already high and the soil is super saturated,” he said. We are as ready as possible. “

Authorities will be watching closely what is happening with the Nooksack River in Washington state, which is expected to continue to rise.

Braun said due to inclement weather conditions, he did not expect evacuation orders to be lifted until the middle of next week.

He added that Abbotsford has received federal funding to raise the levee near the pumping station to a level of 23.3 feet.

Braun is due to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later on Friday.

Trudeau’s schedule indicates that he will be in the Abbotsford area and that he will also meet with members of the military, first responders and volunteers.

He is due to be in Victoria later today to meet with Prime Minister John Horgan.

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—With a file from The Canadian Press

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