“We’re evacuating people by air during the worst time of their life,” North Shore Rescue leader Mike Danks told the Agassiz-Harrison Observer. “The majority of people had elderly parents with them that were unable to walk, suffered from dementia. You’re trying to assist them into a helicopter at night, bringing only a very small amount of stuff. It was a very tough situation.”
Conditions were further complicated on Wednesday after a fire broke out at an RV dealership. Local news reported that “dozens” of RVs were on fire, burning beneath power lines that add to the risk. Fire crews have been hampered from reaching the dealership due to the floods, and the Abbotsford Police Department have urged those still in the areas to stay inside and away from potentially toxic black smoke.