BC town tells residents toxic chemicals are in the water and they should not drink it
The city of Abbotsford has been badly affected by the flooding in British Columbia and has now told its residents in the Sumas Prairie area not to drink or use the water.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun told the public that the new water advisory is due to “breaches in inaccessible water pipes that are impacting the water system. drinking water ”, which occurred after intense flooding.
The result is that any running water in Sumas Grassland can only be used for flushing the toilet. It cannot be used for anything else, such as drinking, showering, or cooking.
A do not use water advisory (flushing only) has been issued for Sumas Prairie. N nThis advisory replaces the BOILING WATER ADVISORY for Sumas Prairie issued on November 18th. See full details at https://www.abbotsford.ca/ flood alert u00a0pic.twitter.com/X4sjOsvLcG
– City of Abbotsford (@City of Abbotsford)
“As you can imagine, this is not clean water,” added Braun.
“We know there are hazardous, potentially toxic materials in this flood water, which is why we need to do an environmental assessment of the area to make sure it is safe,” he said. .
He also said that there are things like fertilizers, fuel tanks, tractors and vehicles, underwater in flood-prone areas, potentially contaminating the water.
There are also around 1,200 acres of blueberries underwater, according to Braun, who also said they were most likely dead.
This is one of the many losses caused by the flooding, including many farm animals and investments.
Braun also added that they are focusing on preparing for the weather forecast for the next few days, which is still expected to be marked by a lot of rain and thunderstorms.
The water advisory indicates that the water is not potable in the areas depicted on the map below.
City of Abbotsford
British Columbia is currently in a state of emergency after facing the tragic consequences of last week’s storms.
While working to repair and recover from the inclement weather, already inundated areas are now bracing for another round of storms.