In the resulting floods bridges were washed out across the upland watersheds of the Alouette and Kanaka Creek, while 250 residents in Yennadon and Pitt Meadows required evacuation. Similar effects were found around rivers in all parts of the valley, severing communications and transportation into early February. In Abbotsford, the year's tobacco crop and thousands of farm animals were lost when the historic basin of Sumas Lake refilled with flood water to depths of up to 5 metres. Mudslides resulted in the deaths of four people.
Our archives contain no photos of the effects of this January storm, but you can view photos of flooding in Abbotsford using the The Reach Gallery Museum's online archives.
|Clippings from the Fraser Valley Record review flood damage caused by an extreme January freeze-thaw.|