Nooksack River overflows its banks and water is headed toward Abbotsford

The mayor says that there is localized flooding in the historic Clayburn Village, which is at the foot of Sumas Mountain.

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      On Sunday (November 28), Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun said that water from the United States is once again headed toward his city.

      "The water making its way across the border right now is a combination of rainwater and snowmelt, and the strong overnight winds are continuing to push it towards Abbotsford," Braun said.

      He also said that Whatcom County has stated that floodwater has crossed the dike on the Nooksack River.

      "We expect that flow to reach Abbotsford later today," Braun said.

      Two weeks ago, water from the Nooksack River rushed into the Sumas Prairie region of Abbotsford after the Sumas dike breached.

      Today, Braun said that the dike has been repaired but officials are still not sure if there are any remaining problems below the water's surface.

      In addition, Braun said that there have been 100 millimetres of rainwater today, raising water levels by three inches.

      This morning, 90 properties were evacuated in Huntingdon Village.

      The mayor also said that there is localized flooding in the historic Clayburn Village, which is at the foot of Sumas Mountain.  

      "This area remains under evacuation alert at this time," Braun said.

      Video: Watch Mayor Henry Braun's news conference today.

      Update

      Highway 1 has been closed between Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

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