‘Stay safe, all’: Astronaut shares NASA photo of B.C. flooding as seen from space 90% NOW PLAYINGThe City of Abbotsford has said several homes need to be destroyed to shore up a levy and prevent more water from pouring into the area.01:44

Homes being destroyed for Abbotsford dike

UP NEXTAbbotsford officials provide an update on evacuation orders and rescue efforts.22:18

Abbotsford officials provide update

Several evacuation alerts have been lifted but rescue operations are ongoing in part of B.C.'s Fraser Valley.02:18

Rescue operations in Sumas Prairie area

Jordan Jongema tells the harrowing story of how he and his Bernese mountain dog Bowser were rescued from his flooded home in Yarrow, B.C.03:09

‘I was literally swimming in my backyard’

Those who were stranded tell the stories of their recues from the dangerous mudslides and flooding in B.C., as Bill Fortier reports.02:45

CTV National News: B.C. survivors on their rescue

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun says that the city is being pushed past its capacity and can't handle another weather event.00:50

Mayor Henry Braun: ‘We’re in deep doodoo’

Aerial footage from Nov. 17 shows flood water covering farmland and parts of the Trans Canada Highway in Abbotsford, B.C.01:26

Aerial footage shows flooding in Abbotsford B.C.

Nov. 17: Watch the evening update from Abbotsford, B.C., where a fire broke out as the city tried to deal with widespread flooding.07:15

Nov. 17: Update on flooding, fire in Abbotsford

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun gives an update on the flooding situation in Sumas Prairie and the challenges facing the pump station.22:44

Nov. 17: Full update from Abbotsford, B.C.

People use boats and personal watercrafts to rescue cattle that were stranded on a flooded farm in in Abbotsford, B.C., on Nov. 16.02:28

Cattle keep heads above water amid rescue

A large fire broke out in Abbotsford, B.C., and released potentially toxic smoke into the flood-hit community.00:25

Fire breaks on in Abbotsford, B.C.

Regan Hasegawa speaks about the urgent call from the Abbotsford mayor, pleading with residents to evacuate their homes.03:39

Mayor pleads with residents to evacuate homes

Residents in Abbotsford, B.C., used boats and personal watercraft to help some 50 cattle that were stranded on a flooded farm.00:60

B.C. residents use watercraft to rescue cattle

This drone video shot in Abbotsford, B.C., shows the extent of flooding at a farm.05:27

Abbotsford: Drone video reveals extent of flooding

Nov. 16: B.C. Public Safety officials give an update on efforts to help those affected by flooding in parts of the province.21:21

Full update: Officials on B.C. flooding emergency

Regan Hasegawa has the latest on evacuation orders as flood waters continue to rise.03:04

Flood waters continue to rise in Abbotsford, B.C.

Updated Nov. 18, 2021 3:37 p.m. PSTPublished Nov. 18, 2021 3:30 p.m. PSTShare


The flooding that prompted a provincial state of emergency in British Columbia is visible from space.

Commander Chris Hadfield, a famed Canadian astronaut who made three previous trips to space, shared a NASA photo Wednesday of the Fraser River where it meets the Pacific Ocean.

He said the photo shows the flooding and what he called “amazing movement of topsoil into the sea.”B.C. storm

“Stay safe, all,” he wrote.

Older photos shared after Hadfield’s post on Twitter show normally there is some topsoil transfer, but not to the extent seen in the latest photo.

Days of heavy rain drenched the southern half of British Columbia earlier in the week, causing already-swollen rivers to leap their banks. Flooding blocked roads in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, and the situation was much worse further inland. An entire city was evacuated, as were several communities.

Thousands of farm animals are believed to have died as a result of the sudden flooding in Abbotsford, and at least one person died in a mudslide between Pemberton and Lillooet. More deaths are expected to be confirmed as the area is searched.

Parts of highways were destroyed by debris that was swept down mountainsides, including the busy Coquihalla Highway, parts of which are now completely gone.

And motorists and residents of areas hit by flood or mudslides were trapped, needing rescue by air or water.

One provincial official described the storm as the worst the province has seen in a century

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