Flood waters surround a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., on November 23, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Southern B.C. has been hit with one of the most severe flooding disasters in decades. An atmospheric river carrying a heavy load of condensed water vapour hit the coast on November 13, bringing two days of torrential rain to Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

The disaster displaced almost 18,000 people and destroyed homes, bridges, roads, and other key infrastructure across the Lower Mainland. At least four people and thousands of farm animals and livestock were killed.