Severe weather

The diking system on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford is among future infrastructure upgrades that are estimated to cost $3 billion, according to the city. Several breaches to the system, which have since been repaired, occurred during the November 2021 floods. (Photo: Abbotsford Police Department)

B.C. and Washington to work together on Nooksack flooding initiative

Initiative will work on both sides of border to address flood prevention and response

 

Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. seniors fighting $11K+ in border fines issued during Sumas flood emergency

Lawyer says the border guards were ‘lacking compassion’ in dealing with seniors

 

FILE - Matt Lisignoli walks through an irrigation canal that ran dry in early August after the North Unit Irrigation District exhausted its allocated water on Sept. 1, 2021, near Madras, Ore. The American West’s megadrought deepened so much last year that it is now the driest it has been in at least 1200 years and a worst-case scenario playing out live, a new study finds. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard, File)

Western American megadrought worsens to driest in at least 1,200 years

Study calculated that 42% of this megadrought can be attributed to human-caused climate change

 

Rising floodwater surrounds a home and covers Highway 1 in Abbotsford,  B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. braces for heavy rain, potential floods as latest atmospheric river arrives

Up to 150 millimetres of rain pending in a series of waves that won’t relent until Thursday

Rising floodwater surrounds a home and covers Highway 1 in Abbotsford,  B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Debris ended up on the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce parking lot. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum Beach waterfront inn picks up the pieces after massive waves destroy seawall

UPDATE: Building a temporary sea wall could cost more than $100,000

Debris ended up on the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce parking lot. (Michael Briones photo)
A multi-vehicle collision involving trucks and cars killed one person and closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous Saturday, Jan. 8. The road remains closed in both directions Sunday. (@desiprotruckerpb09 photo)

UPDATE: One man killed in Trans-Canada Highway multi-vehicle collision in Shuswap

Highway 1 remains closed between Salmon Arm and Sicamous; detours available

A multi-vehicle collision involving trucks and cars killed one person and closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous Saturday, Jan. 8. The road remains closed in both directions Sunday. (@desiprotruckerpb09 photo)
A block of Vancouver Avenue in Nanaimo was closed after a tree fell and brought down utility poles and communication lines. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Woman narrowly escapes injury from falling Nanaimo tree, utility poles and wires

Tree brought down communication lines and several utility poles, but woman unhurt

A block of Vancouver Avenue in Nanaimo was closed after a tree fell and brought down utility poles and communication lines. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
An Extreme Weather Warming Centre originally opened at the CVRD Civic Room before switching to Salvation Army Cornerstone and then to the Salvation Army Church. File photo

Comox Valley Emergency Program thanks community for support

Warming Centre hosted 370 visitors from Dec. 26 until Jan. 12

An Extreme Weather Warming Centre originally opened at the CVRD Civic Room before switching to Salvation Army Cornerstone and then to the Salvation Army Church. File photo
Courtenay Fire Department Chief Kurt MacDonald says having the snow cleared from your driveways and doorways can save critical time in case of an emergency. File photo

Tips from Courtenay Fire Department to help first responders during bad weather

As the Comox Valley continues to shovel out from a substantial series…

Courtenay Fire Department Chief Kurt MacDonald says having the snow cleared from your driveways and doorways can save critical time in case of an emergency. File photo
Bitter cold has gripped much of B.C., including south and central Vancouver Island. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Bitter cold has gripped much of B.C., including south and central Vancouver Island. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Comox Valley Regional District building at 770 Harmston Ave. Courtenay will be open nightly, Dec. 26-29, from 8 p.m. to 8.am. for use as a warming centre. Photo supplied

Emergency shelters open in response to Comox Valley cold snap

The cold front bringing record low temperatures to the Island this week…

The Comox Valley Regional District building at 770 Harmston Ave. Courtenay will be open nightly, Dec. 26-29, from 8 p.m. to 8.am. for use as a warming centre. Photo supplied
Extreme cold weather this week will continue to transform the landscape in the Cariboo Chilcotin this week. This image of the Fraser River was taken just as the temperatures were starting to drop. (Denise Cahoose/Contributed to Williams Lake)

B.C. urged to prepare for holiday cold snap with -50 C expected in the north

Extreme cold, heavy snowfall forecast for much of B.C.

Extreme cold weather this week will continue to transform the landscape in the Cariboo Chilcotin this week. This image of the Fraser River was taken just as the temperatures were starting to drop. (Denise Cahoose/Contributed to Williams Lake)
A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of 96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)

25 years later: Remembering Vancouver Island’s big blizzard of ‘96

It’s the silver anniversary of the heaviest snow Victoria has seen since WWI

A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of 96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)
Unhoused residents are at an increased risk of harm during cold or snowy weather. (Black Press Media file photo)

Salvation Army responds to extreme weather in B.C., readies temporary shelters

Support organization concerned for at-risk residents provincewide

Unhoused residents are at an increased risk of harm during cold or snowy weather. (Black Press Media file photo)
Trees burned in this summer’s wildfires are seen on a mountainside covered with snow as the Coldwater River snakes along side the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Parts of southern British Columbia could get up to 20 centimetres of snow

Driving conditions may change quickly with reduced visibility

Trees burned in this summer’s wildfires are seen on a mountainside covered with snow as the Coldwater River snakes along side the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Power outages are possible on Vancouver Island as another wind and rain storm is expected to hit the area on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Citizen file)
Power outages are possible on Vancouver Island as another wind and rain storm is expected to hit the area on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Citizen file)
(Manning Park Resort photo)

Series of storms caused ‘dramatic changes’ to runs at southern B.C. ski hill

Ski resort pushing back opening date to align with travel restrictions

(Manning Park Resort photo)
Mudslide closed Highway 7 near Agassiz Tuesday Dec. 1 but it reopened to single-lane alternating traffic. (DriveBC)

Landslide closed Highway 7 in both directions near Agassiz, now reopened

DriveBC reported slide came down on the Lougheed Highway before Seabird

Mudslide closed Highway 7 near Agassiz Tuesday Dec. 1 but it reopened to single-lane alternating traffic. (DriveBC)
Area residents survey the damage at Othello Campground on Nov. 29, 2021, including some forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

Fraser Valley Regional District says applications for B.C.’s help on floods ‘unanswered for days’

‘We need help today, not tomorrow, or in the coming days or weeks,’ said FVRD chair Jason Lum

Area residents survey the damage at Othello Campground on Nov. 29, 2021, including some forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
Chip (wearing camo jacket) surveys the damage at Othello Campground from afar. Chip lives at the campsite year round and was forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

VIDEO: Homes lost, road wiped out due to rising river near Hope after days of rain

Residents describe destruction in rural area when Coquihalla River changed course

Chip (wearing camo jacket) surveys the damage at Othello Campground from afar. Chip lives at the campsite year round and was forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)