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Amanda Christmas stands by the Sumas River in Abbotsford during the filming in February 2021 of the short documentary Lost Lake: Gone but not Forgotten. (Photo by Amanda Christmas)

Sumas Lake film from early 2021 asks: What happens if Barrowtown pumps in Abbotsford fail?

Director Amanda Christmas was shocked that hypothetical situation almost became reality

Amanda Christmas stands by the Sumas River in Abbotsford during the filming in February 2021 of the short documentary Lost Lake: Gone but not Forgotten. (Photo by Amanda Christmas)
Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Abbotsford in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)

Highway 1 reopens from Abbotsford to Hope

No travel restrictions, but drivers urged to limit to essential purposes

Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Abbotsford in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)
Crews are on site Thursday morning (Dec. 2) to remove the Tiger Dam across Highway 1 at Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

Tiger Dam on Highway 1 in Abbotsford is coming down

Crews are on site Thursday morning; no word yet on freeway reopening

Crews are on site Thursday morning (Dec. 2) to remove the Tiger Dam across Highway 1 at Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Crews erect a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

‘Tiger Dam’ in Abbotsford in place until ‘imminent threat’ of new flooding is over

Ministry of Transportation says Emergency Management BC had dam in stock

Crews erect a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)
Marshall Road and McCallum Junction shopping centre were closed down on Sept. 11, 2020 following a police-involved shooting outside of the Cabela’s store. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford Police officer cleared of wrongdoing for shooting suspect outside Cabela’s

Police watchdog concludes officer was justified after being pepper-sprayed and attacked

Marshall Road and McCallum Junction shopping centre were closed down on Sept. 11, 2020 following a police-involved shooting outside of the Cabela’s store. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Military personnel help with the placement of a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)

‘Tiger Dam’ being built on Highway 1 in Abbotsford to hold back floodwaters

Ministry of Transportation begins work Sunday night; freeway closed to all traffic

Military personnel help with the placement of a Tiger Dam on Sunday night (Nov. 28) across Highway 1 near Cole Road in Abbotsford. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Abbotsford City Hall on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)

PM Justin Trudeau lands in Abbotsford to tour flooded areas

Meetings first with local officials, and then onto Victoria later in the day

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Abbotsford City Hall on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Andy Holota/Black Press Media)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trudeau is scheduled to visit Abbotsford on Friday, Nov. 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tour flooded Sumas Prairie on Friday

PM will meet with Abbotsford officials; press conference later in Victoria

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trudeau is scheduled to visit Abbotsford on Friday, Nov. 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The BC Dairy Association estimates that 500 cattle died in the flooding in Abbotsford and Yarrow. (File photo)

500 cattle died in Fraser Valley flooding, but thousands more evacuated: BC Dairy

Approximately 23,000 cattle in the region prior to the disaster

The BC Dairy Association estimates that 500 cattle died in the flooding in Abbotsford and Yarrow. (File photo)
The intersection of Marion and Campbell roads on Sumas Prairie in east Abbotsford on Nov. 22, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

PHOTOS: Eastern Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford still submerged in floodwaters

Tour of Abbotsford’s hardest hit areas on Tuesday morning shows damage

The intersection of Marion and Campbell roads on Sumas Prairie in east Abbotsford on Nov. 22, 2021. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
The floodgates were open on Monday (Nov. 22) at Barrowtown Pump Station, allowing waters from Sumas River to be released into the Fraser River. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford mayor says ‘monumental task’ ahead in flood recovery

Henry Braun says focus right now is on ‘flood event’ and critical repairs

The floodgates were open on Monday (Nov. 22) at Barrowtown Pump Station, allowing waters from Sumas River to be released into the Fraser River. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
A man was pacing back in forth in the westbound lanes of Highway 1 in Abbotsford between No. 3 and No. 4 roads Monday morning (Nov. 22). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Man rescued from floodwaters after abandoning car on Highway 1 in Abbotsford

Incident occurs Monday morning in westbound lanes between No. 3 and No. 4 roads

A man was pacing back in forth in the westbound lanes of Highway 1 in Abbotsford between No. 3 and No. 4 roads Monday morning (Nov. 22). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
A levee will be built starting Friday morning (Nov. 18) in Abbotsford on the northwest portion of Sumas Prairie along Highway 1 near No. 4 Road.

Levee to be built in Abbotsford to hold back surging floodwaters from Highway 1

Work to begin Friday morning along Highway 1 near No. 4 Road

A levee will be built starting Friday morning (Nov. 18) in Abbotsford on the northwest portion of Sumas Prairie along Highway 1 near No. 4 Road.
The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)

Salvation Army launches emergency response in support of flood victims

Agency on front lines in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops and Kelowna

The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)
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VIDEO: Dozens of RVs engulfed in flames in the middle of Abbotsford flood zone

Fire crews on scene near Highway 1 and Whatcom Road

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Mayor Henry Braun and Abbotsford Police Department completed an aerial tour of the Sumas Prairie.

‘Catastrophic’ flooding forces Abbotsford mayor to beg Sumas Prairie residents to evacuate

Emergency evacuation order issued on Tuesday evening

Mayor Henry Braun and Abbotsford Police Department completed an aerial tour of the Sumas Prairie.
Abbotsford flood damage: Nov. 16, 2021 (Photos by Sophia Middleton)

VIDEO: Woman captures aerial footage of flood devastation in Abbotsford

Sophia Middleton’s photos show Highway 1 and surrounding area submerged

Abbotsford flood damage: Nov. 16, 2021 (Photos by Sophia Middleton)
A portion of Highway 11 in Abbotsford is closed on Monday (Nov. 15) due to damage caused by flooding. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)

Abbotsford declares state of local emergency; evacuation order for neighbourhood due to flooding

Flooding and mudslides continue to impact city amid torrential rainstorm

A portion of Highway 11 in Abbotsford is closed on Monday (Nov. 15) due to damage caused by flooding. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)
Cedar Valley Farms in Abbotsford has had its licence conditionally reinstated after it was suspended in late October following allegations of animal abuse. (Image from video footage provided to Animal Justice)

Licence reinstated with mandatory conditions for Abbotsford dairy farm

Cedar Valley Farms still under investigation by BC SPCA for animal-abuse allegations

Cedar Valley Farms in Abbotsford has had its licence conditionally reinstated after it was suspended in late October following allegations of animal abuse. (Image from video footage provided to Animal Justice)
Avtar Dhillon is having success growing saffron flowers on his Abbotsford blueberry farm. The stigmas are removed from the plants, dried out and sold as a spice for cooking and other purposes. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford farmer first in B.C. to grow and harvest ‘world’s most expensive spice’

Avtar Dhillon has success with saffron, normally produced in arid climates

Avtar Dhillon is having success growing saffron flowers on his Abbotsford blueberry farm. The stigmas are removed from the plants, dried out and sold as a spice for cooking and other purposes. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)