- Karl Meier has spent days saving his property and dairy cattle from flooding in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley.
- Meier said this makes it difficult for people to bring in supplies to the farmers to protect their business and their animals.
- A system is developing to get water and food to barns that have been cut off from other transportation routes.
Karl Meier has spent days saving his property and dairy cattle from flooding in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, but he says the most significant issue right now is with law enforcement.
Meier owns U & D Meier Dairy in the Sumas Prairie region of Abbotsford, around 100 kilometres east of Vancouver. The area is under construction because of flooding in the nearby Sumas River.
Police roadblocks have been set up around the area to prevent people from coming or going. Meier said this makes it difficult for people to bring in supplies to the farmers to protect their business and their animals.
“We’re trying to save animals and help the farmers. But, unfortunately, we have roads that are blocked and floods everywhere. Those are the things we can not stop, but we can help stop more animals from dying,” said a frustrated Meier.
Meier has 240 milking cows at his farm and about another 200 at the facility down the road.
He says the cows can spend two days in the water.
Wednesday and Thursday, about 50 people, including a few strangers, came to the farm to help him clear flooded barns, rebuild stalls, and fix electrical connections.
Abbotsford Mayor said Thursday about 40 people remain in the evacuated farming area.
A broken water main makes it challenging to get water to other farmers, but efforts are halfway to realize and fix the leaks.
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Braun said he could see what the farmers are experiencing but said it’s not safe to remain in such an area.
“These farms are second, third, maybe fourth-generation farmers.
On Thursday, Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said that her department had rerouted feed meant to go to China back to the Fraser Valley. A system is developing to get water and food to barns that have been cut off from other transportation routes.
To drop containers and then fill them with water has been deployed by B.C. Wildfire Service helicopters Popham said.
The Abbotsford Police Department said through social media that flooding conditions had eased to allow two of the first feed trucks to enter the evacuation zone on Thursday.
The government estimated thousands of animals have died, and more are expected because of poor health conditions.
Travis Forstbauer’s family owns Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm in the city’s eastern part.
While he has not been able to converse with other farmers in the area, he said the industry is vital.
“We’ll pick up the pieces and move on with it.”
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