City of Abbotsford issues evacuation order for Huntingdon Village area

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      High water levels have led to a new evacuation order in Abbotsford.

      Early this morning, the city ordered residents to leave their properties immediately in the Huntingdon Village area.

      It includes all of 2nd Avenue along the north, the USA border on the south, Sumas Way on the west, and 2nd Avenue to Southern Rail on the east.

      On November 27, Whatcom County predicted that the Nooksack River will crest in the "moderate" flood range.

      "There is uncertainty with how changes to the river channel and damages to the levee system may impact the flooding that results from this storm," the county stated on its website. "Comparing data from past storms to what is predicted, the upcoming storm system appears similar to what occurred during the 2020 'Superbowl Flood'."

      The City of Sumas in Washington state recommended that its residents evacuate last night "as a precaution", based on potential for flooding from the Nooksack River.

      The Nooksack River overflowed its banks last weekend, contributing to a massive flood in the Sumas Prairie region in Abbotsford.

      Sumas Prairie is about 90 square kilometres. The heaviest flooding occurred in a former lakebed on the eastern side of the area.

      Meanwhile, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for low-lying properties in Electoral Area C,, including in the 1800 to 2000 blocks of the Sea to Sky Highway and along parts of Collins Road.