‘It Will Take Time’: Abbotsford, BC farmer faces long recovery from flooding

A farmer in Abbotsford, BC, says he is determined to rebuild even though much of his property is still underwater.

Two weeks ago, Narinder Bhangal and his family were forced to evacuate when the dike of the nearby Sumas River broke and quickly flooded his farm.


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Banghal drove his family through four feet of water to get to higher terrain.

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When he returned, he found that the 40,000 cedar trees he had grown had all died, suffocated under nearly two feet of muddy water. His home, barn and equipment were all damaged.

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He said that while the work is already underway to repair his home, it will take years for his business to recover.

“It will take time, it will take time,” Banghal said of the prospect of reconstruction.

“[I’m] still young, ”he added, managing to bring out a smile. “I can do it.”

– with files from Rumina Daya

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