With the third in a series of powerful atmospheric rivers hitting the area on Tuesday, the town of Mission declared a local state of emergency and ordered residents of more than a dozen homes in the Benbow Street subdivision to evacuate. .
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The Fraser Valley Regional District also ordered the evacuation of the nearby Everglades complex on Hatzic Island, which is home to nearly 400 motorhomes and cabins.
“I received 10,000 texts, ‘You have to get out of here, you have to get out of here,’” Marilene Wolsey, a year-round Everglades resident, told Global News Tuesday as she stood. up to the thighs. the water.
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“Everyone is very worried. We have invested a lot here.
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The management of the complex estimates that about 50 people live there 12 months a year.
Water had crept in a few yards from the door of Alysha Hall’s house on Benbow Street on Wednesday. She is now staying in Maple Ridge, but has returned to try to clean up and help protect the property.
The situation, she said, was actually an improvement from two weeks earlier, when the first atmospheric river on November 14 hit the area, inundating its suite with about 12cm of water.
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“At 3:30 am I woke up and it was like, ‘Hey, your house is flooded. So I crawled out of bed and started moving all I could, moving the couch, ”she said.
“I was in denial, I didn’t think it was going to come into the house. “
Neighbor Sam Molag woke up on Wednesday to find his house completely surrounded by water and the garage flooded.
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“I moved everything,” Molag said. “I learned my lesson the first time around.
“I took out some sandbags yesterday hoping to keep him out of the garage, but it was a failed attempt. “
The town of Mission has delivered sandbags to residents along Benbow, where some have been preparing for weeks.
“The city has been wonderful,” said Jane Christensen, a resident.
“The first go-around, we had to go to the site to bag our own, but now they’re bringing them here already finished. “
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A rain warning remained in effect for the Fraser Valley on Wednesday, but Environment Canada predicted that the rains would abate by Wednesday evening.
Debbie McKay, who sits on Everglades’ Resort’s board of directors, said it will be some time before the extent of the floods becomes clear.
“Our conditions depend on the rain coming from the valley above us, which we get about 24 hours after the Fraser River stops (and), because when the Fraser River is too high, the natural flow of the lake does not. can’t happen and you’re relying on the push-ups, ”she said.
McKay said a major problem was a set of culverts draining Lake Hatzic into the Fraser River, which were too small to accommodate heavy rains.
The Benbow Street Order was to remain in effect until December 7, unless canceled earlier, when there was no timeline for the Everglades Order to be lifted.