Abbotsford flooding: BC Ministry of Transportation drone video shows Tiger Dam

Vancouver –

Considerable efforts were made over the weekend and early this week to hold back floodwaters in Abbotsford, B.C., including the use of a Tiger Dam along Highway 1.

A drone video shared by the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation shows crews working on the dam, which is a long orange tube filled with water.

According to US Flood Control, Tiger dams are supposed to be flexible and can be stacked in a pyramid to create a barrier against rising waters. Abbotsford teams also stacked sandbags along the dam.

According to the Department of Transportation, local police, fire departments, workers at a native construction company and the military all worked on the dam construction on Sunday night. It was completed around 4 a.m. on Monday.

Route 1 through Abbotsford was closed due to the dam and the risk of flooding. No reopening estimate has been given, but the region is expected to see the third of a trio of atmospheric rivers on Tuesday.

Drivers are warned that conditions could change on all highways with the incoming heavy rains.

“Unless absolutely necessary, I encourage you to stay off the roads during this next storm,” Transport Minister Rob Fleming said on Monday.

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