Friday, November 19, 2021


The last few days have been difficult for many in B.C. We’ve seen incredible amounts of rainfall and wind that led to damaging floods and mudslides across much of our Province. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.

We are working day and night to get people to safety and provide the support they need. Our government has declared a State of Emergency to mitigate impacts on transportation and support the provincewide response and recovery. We’ve requested federal assistance and Canadian Air Force assets are already operational, with more resources on the way. Emergency Support Services and Search and Rescue teams are providing emergency shelter, food and other supports to thousands of evacuees and stranded travellers. The B.C. Wildfire service has also been supporting efforts to rescue people and clear roads. The Ministry of Agriculture is working directly with farmers and farmers associations to help in any way possible, including using helicopters to drop containers with food and water for animals on farms that have been cut off.

I want to reassure everyone that our supplies of food and goods are secure. There may be temporary disruptions, but we are working quickly to re-route shipments through alternate routes to ensure people can get the essential supplies they need. You can play a role by shopping as you normally would and buying only what you need. Remember, your neighbours need supplies too.

I know the last few days have been devastating, but the most important thing we can all do right now is to remain calm and follow instructions from emergency personnel and experts. Right now, we are asking people not to travel for any non-essential reasons.

Here are some key links for the coming days:
  • Before travelling check road closures, re-openings, and the status of repairs at DriveBC.ca 
  • To donate funds or supplies to relief efforts, please contact donations@gov.bc.ca 
  • Disaster financial assistance is available for those affected by flooding. See more info here.
  • See all current evacuation orders, alerts, and list of reception centres at emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca
  • People who have evacuated and need assistance should register with Emergency SupportServices.

Finally, I want to acknowledge and thank all of the British Columbians who have stepped up during this incredibly difficult time to help each other, whether that was providing food and shelter to stranded strangers or bringing their neighbour’s farm animals to safety. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any provincial issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you. My constituency office can be reached at 250-479-4154 or Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca. My ministry office can be reached at 250-387-1023 or AGR.Minister@gov.bc.ca. 

Sincerely,