‘They Gave Everything They Had’: How BC Residents Helped Each Other Amid the Flood Crisis-Jeff Sandes

When Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley were hit with mudslides and flooding more than a week ago, many people were displaced, trapped, and desperate. As tragedy and fear struck with devastating impact, First Nations communities acted, from the Squiala Nation in Chilliwack through the Fraser Valley to the Skuppah Nation and beyond, moving quickly to find and help those who suddenly found themselves stranded behind walls of mud and water. Margaret Hendrickson with the Boston Bar First Nation has been helping distribute food and supplies since the slides, as well as run the town’s soup kitchen. And when people who were stuck learned help was available, they were more than happy to accept it, Hendrickson said. “There were some young girls that got stranded, three of them,” she said. “They slept in their car for two nights before they realized we were down here. We put them up in … When Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley were hit with mudslides and flooding more than a week ago, many people were displaced, trapped, and desperate. As tragedy and fear struck with devastating impact, First Nations communities acted, from the Squiala Nation in Chilliwack through the Fraser Valley to the Skuppah Nation and beyond, moving quickly

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