Water Main Break Preventing Abbotsford Farmers From Accessing Water for Animals

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
November 18, 2021 Updated: November 18, 2021

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—The mayor of a city heavily impacted by flooding in southern British Columbia says farmers who stayed with their animals desperately need water for livestock.

Henry Braun said Thursday that water levels in Abbotsford continue to fluctuate in the Sumas Prairie area two days after an evacuation order was issued.

He said a broken water main is making it difficult to get water to farmers who defied the order, but efforts are underway to find and fix the leaks.

About 40 people remain in the evacuated farming area, and Braun said he believes most of them are farmers who should leave.

“These farms are second-, third-, maybe even fourth-generation farmers. They love their cattle. They love their land. They don’t want to move. I get that. They want to look after their investments,” he said.

Flooding took out equipment and barns, and in some cases, homes were submerged.

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said Wednesday that thousands of animals have died as some farmers were forced to abandon their livestock and poultry.

Some animals in poor health will have to be euthanized, she said.

Chicken Farmers of Canada said 61 poultry farms were affected by the floods, but it could not yet provide a death toll at those operations.