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Evacuation orders expand in Abbotsford to entire Sumas Prairie

First responders helping with the evacuation of about 1,100 homes.
Many parts of B.C., including parts of Abbotsford, are severely flooded following torrential rain over the weekend.

The City of Abbotsford has issued a sweeping evacuation order for the Sumas Prairie as flood waters swamp the region.

Water from the swollen Nooksack River in Washington State has crossed the border and is slowly making its way toward the Fraser River.

Abbotsford Fire Rescue and the city’s police force are helping with the evacuation of about 1,100 homes.

“Arial assessments are currently underway in Sumas Prairie. We are reminding the public to avoid the use of drones in this area as this will impact aircraft and their ability to perform their duties,” said Abbotsford Police on social media Tuesday morning.

Details of the evacuation order are posted on the city's website.

“Our main priority at this point is the safe evacuation of human Life. This is a very dynamic situation,” police added.

Highway 1 remains closed in the area, between Exits 92 and 109.

Rain has eased, providing a light at the end of the tunnel for residents dealing with flooding.

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