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Samaritan’s Purse to help B.C. flood victims

Relief organization setting up evacuation shelter in Abbotsford; ready to send relief teams
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Floodwaters across Highway 1 near Abbotsford, B.C. on Nov. 16. Photo: Canadian Press

As catastrophic flooding and landslides put communities underwater and force thousands from their homes, help is on its way to help British Columbia residents.

Samaritan's Purse Canada will operate a 200-bed evacuation shelter similar to the facility set up for fire evacuees during the summer of 2021. Part of Abbotsford is under water from the flooding Fraser River—one of at least five B.C. rivers that have spilled their banks due to historic rainfall, flooding Chilliwack, Princeton, Merritt, and other communities.

“The scope and suddenness of this disaster have been shocking. Our hearts go out to the thousands who are seeing their homes and businesses flooded or destroyed,” said Brent Davis, director of Samaritan's Purse Canadian ministry projects. “We want to do all we can to help.”

Disaster relief teams, equipped with specialized flood recovery vehicles and equipment, are also preparing to travel to B.C. to help clean up as soon as homeowners are allowed to return to their homes. A Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain is accompanying Samaritan’s Purse staff in helping flood victims in Abbotsford.

The relief and development organization is asking for donations to help with the B.C. effort. Visit SamaritansPurse.ca or call 1-800-663-6500.