Before-and-after satellite images reveal flood destruction in B.C.’s Sumas Prairie

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Before-and-after satellite images reveal flood destruction in B.C.’s Sumas Prairie

Dramatic brand-new satellite images reveal the degree of flood damage in B.C.’s Sumas Prairie following last weekend’s historical rains.

This composite programs farmland and highway roadways in Sumas Prairie, B.C., on June 27, left, and once again on Friday, following comprehensive flooding in the area. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies)

Dramatic satellite images reveal the level of flood damage in B.C.’s Sumas Prairie following last weekend’s historical rains.

The low-lying backwoods, east of Abbotsford’s town centre, is mainly farmland and was developed by the draining pipes of Sumas Lake in the 1920 s.

Last week the location suffered comprehensive flooding as water gushed in from the Nooksack River from neighbouring Washington state, requiring evacuations and eliminating animals.

In images supplied by Maxar Technologies, farmland in the area is revealed on June 27 this year and once again on Friday.

Many houses, barns and roadways were left immersed under dirty brown water following the storm, as seen in the composites above and listed below.

A pilot and volunteer organizer who has actually been assisting bring materials to neighborhoods in requirement stated it was “incredible” to see the damage first-hand in Sumas Prairie and along the Fraser Canyon.

” The bridge is rinsed,” Shaun Heaps informed CBC News. ” We have a monolith that’s been with us permanently, the Hell’s Gate Airtram, it’s gone — you can’t even inform that it existed.”

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B.C. pilot explains ‘astounding’ damage in flood-hit Sumas Prairie

Pilot and volunteer organizer Shaun Heaps has actually been assisting to bring materials in flood-ravaged neighborhoods in southern B.C. He explains what he has actually seen from the air. 0: 49

More soldiers got here in the province over the weekend to assist farmers in the Sumas Prairie location conserve animals and aid in sandbagging efforts.

On Saturday, the mayor of Abbotsford informed a press conference that day-and-night work has actually enhanced the flooding circumstance in the area.

Flood gates at a pump station that has actually had a hard time to stay up to date with the increase of water in Sumas Prairie had the ability to partly resume, permitting excess water from the Sumas River to stream into the Fraser River, stated Mayor Henry Braun.

” There’s a remarkable modification currently in specific parts of the meadow,” stated Braun. “I can aesthetically see a great deal of green fields.”

But with more rain anticipated in the coming week, Braun has extended a regional state of emergency situation till Nov. 29.

See more of the flood damage in the area (all images handled Friday):

Nearly 1,000 homes in the Sumas Prairie location were put under an evacuation order on Tuesday. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies)

More than 180 saves were finished Tuesday and early Wednesday as caught homeowners were stranded on their flooded homes. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies)

The armed force has actually given that signed up with animal rescue efforts in the flood-stricken area. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies)