US-Canada border towns assess damage from devastating floods

SUMAS, Wash. (AP) — People in the small city of Sumas, Washington, are assessing damage from flooding that hit an estimated three quarters of homes in the community near the Canadian border. Parts of Washington state and British Columbia are trying to dry out from an intense, days-long rain storm fueled by an atmospheric river that cut off key roadways and forced hundreds of evacuations. Skies were sunny Wednesday in the area. Sumas’ mayor said officials were looking to go “door-to-door” to check on people and homes. Immediately across the border residents of a low-lying area of Abbotsford, British Columbia, police say they evacuated 180 people Tuesday from homes that had already flooded and that they were still evacuating people.