Sumas Prairie, British Columbia

Significant portions of fruit and vegetable crops affected by floods

Devastating flooding hit the agricultural area east of Vancouver nearly two weeks ago. The flooding in the Sumas Prairie came little more than four months after the June heatwave. Significant portions of the fruit and vegetable crops produced in the province are grown in the Sumas Prairie.

Farmers need help to clean up once the waters recede, and to repair their homes, infrastructure, and soil so they can continue producing crops that feed people across the country. Some 60 blueberry producers and 8.5 km2 of berries have been affected by flooding, along with 33 hectares of raspberries that will need to be ripped out and replanted, Agriculture Minister Lana Popham stated last Thursday.

About 4,000 tons of stored and unharvested field vegetables are likely lost, mostly from the Sumas Prairie and Fort Langley areas, with significant impacts to cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, and leeks, Popham added.

Ottawa and BC promise co-operation on province's flooding
The federal and British Columbia governments have created a joint committee of cabinet ministers to deal with the devastation caused by flooding, while also promising to match donations given to the Canadian Red Cross.

Premier John Horgan made the announcements late last week. Horgan said a specific request for federal funding on the rebuild was not made by B.C. because it is premature, but prime minister Trudeau said Ottawa will help the province to recover and prepare for the future effects of climate change.

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