Floods in British Columbia: Government to provide update after visiting Abbotsford flood-affected poultry farm


Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will join her British Columbia counterpart Lana Popham on Friday for a tour of a flood-affected poultry farm in Abbotsford. The couple will begin the tour at 11:15 a.m. PT, before answering questions from reporters on site. Media availability will be broadcast live on Global BC’s website, BC1 and Global BC’s Facebook page. Abbotsford is still in the “response” phase of flood operations, Mayor Henry Braun told reporters earlier this week, but recovery conversations are already taking place with all levels of government. To date, the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture estimates that some 628,000 chickens, 420 dairy cows and 12,000 pigs have died as a result of the November 14-15 natural disaster. About 110 beehives were also submerged. Story continues as commercial 0:40 Abbotsford mayor worries about farmers, but remains focused on flood response rather than recovery Abbotsford mayor worries about farmers, but remains focused on flood response flood response rather than recovery could take years to replace. Barns, silos, tractors and other expensive farm equipment were destroyed. “I was there earlier this morning and I can see there’s silt on a lot of the broccoli and cauliflower fields,” Braun said at a press conference Wednesday. “I am concerned about the farmers who could not harvest their cold crops… If it takes a year or two to plow this soil, they will have no income for a few years. Millions of insured damages. Continues under the ad.Washington’s Nooksack River flowed across the border, past local dikes. © 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


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