‘It’s gonna take time’: Abbotsford, B.C. farmer faces long post-flood recovery

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An Abbotsford, B.C., farmer says he is determined to rebuild, even though most of his property is still under water.

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Two weeks ago, Narinder Bhangal and his family were forced to evacuate when the creek of the nearby Sumas river broke, causing rapid flooding of their farm.

Bangal filled four feet of water to take his family to higher ground.

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When he returned, he found that the 40,000 deodar trees he was growing had died under the muddy flood waters of about two meters. Their homes, barns and equipment were all damaged.

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He said work is already underway to fix his house, but it will take years for his business to recover.

“It will take time, it will take time,” Bungle said of the prospect of rebuilding.

— With files from Rumina Daya

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