How to Help the BC Flood Response and Recovery
British Columbia has been hit by an incredible flood just a few months after wildfires and heat events. Cities like Abbotsford and Chilliwack have been cut off from the outside world and large sections of the major highway, the Coquihalla has been swept away. People have lost their homes, farms are flooded, and emergency services can’t get through.
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Community stores and restaurants like Mountain View Brewing in Hope have been offering their shower facilities, warm food, and a place to wait while the roads are cleared of landslide debris.
However, for those lucky enough to be unaffected by the recent events, there are still ways to help.
Vancouver Canucks 50/50
The Canucks for Kids Fund has announced that proceeds from the next three 50/50 raffles – which are being held on Nov. 17, 19 and 21 – will be dedicated to flood relief. The tickets can be purchased at Rogers Arena during the games or online, though they are only available to people located in B.C. while purchasing.
“The flooding has been catastrophic, and we want to do anything we can. We invite Canucks fans across B.C. to join us in supporting those who need it the most,” Paolo Aquilini of the Canucks for Kids Fund said in a statement.
City of Abbotsford
The City of Abbotsford is now taking donations to help residents in need.
The Abbotsford Community Foundation have also established the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund, which will support front-line agencies that are providing essential services to the families impacted by the disaster.
Donors can specify which SAR team they’d like to make their gift to, or give it to the province-wide association for distribution.
Anyone impacted by the storm may be eligible for assistance directly through the BC Government.
Help for animals
The BC SPCA will also offer shelter for animals in the province. If you or someone you know is in need of emergency boarding for their animals during this time, please contact the BC SPCA Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722
Aide for Paws & Rescue Society is also helping people access pet food and supplied in Abbotsford.
The Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) has also joined the cause. They’re opening up flood-related pet boarding and offering pet food and supplies. Families with pets who have been impacted by the floods can contact LAPS directly at email@example.com, or by telephone at 604-857-5055.
The Salvation Army has launched a massive emergency response effort to help victims of the worst flood in a century in British Columbia. Emergency Units are on the ground in six of the hardest-hit communities across the province providing food, hydration, shelter, clothing, and blankets to first responders, evacuees, and flood victims.
The Salvation Army has also launched an Emergency Flood Relief Appeal. People can help by going to salvationarmy.ca/BCFlood or call 1.800.SAL.ARMY to make a safe and secure donation.
Go Fund Me pages
Be patient and keep normal shopping habits, even during stressful times. Hoarding goods can cause supply issues where they don’t exist. We’re working with local communities & emergency crews to support communities cut-off by the floods. https://t.co/GChUG1bIbG pic.twitter.com/AGKha9yCUB— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) November 18, 2021