Abbotsford, B.C. mayor worried about floods from Washington as heavy rain begins
The mayor of Abbotsford will be keeping a “careful eye” on the Nooksack River over the next few days, as the heavy downpour of another atmospheric river begins.
Flooding in the Washington state river poured into the B.C. city just last week, resulting in the worst flooding the Sumas Prairie region has ever seen, Henry Braun said.
“In 1990, it took 16 hours for those floodwaters from the Nooksack to arrive at the U.S. and Canada border. This last event, it was 13 hours,” he told a Thursday news conference.
“What’s different here is that all of our drainage ditches, all of our culverts … that’s all full of water.”
Braun said he doesn’t know how much more the existing system will take and expects a call from the mayor …
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