This morning, Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun says he's feeling better than last night about a massive flood in his Fraser Valley community.
Water poured into the Sumas Prairie region on November 16 after the Nooksack River overflowed its banks in nearby Washington state.
According to the mayor, 184 people have been rescued. Emergency responders are hoping to get another 300 people to safety.
“Those 300 people all know there is an emergency just by looking out their window,” Brain said.
On the upside, water levels in the Fraser River dropped by two metres over the last 24 hours and there's no rain expected today.
According to the mayor, if the Fraser River drops another metre, it will enable officials to open up pumps and relieve pressure on the existing pump station.
The chief of Abbotsford police, Mike Serr, said that no one has gone missing in the flood and everyone has been accounted for.
His officers reached 40 properties and rescue efforts will recommence this morning for another 200 properties.
Abbotsford is a major centre for dairy production.
The mayor said that huge manure-storage areas are underwater. It means the floodwaters are toxic, so he has urged people to stay away and let rescuers do their job.
Braun also offered lavish praise to volunteers, staff, contractors, and partner organizations who built a dam to protect the pump station.
"I want to thank each and every one of you for doing what you did and assisting our staff," Braun said.
Meanwhile, the city's fire chief, Darren Lee, revealed at the news conference that his department is battling a "major fire event" at a recreational-vehicle dealership. He noted that there are 500,000-kilovolt transmission lines and a propane filling station in the vicinity.