Police say drivers ignoring barriers as floodwaters rise again in Abbotsford

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Debris and cars are pictured on Highway 1 after the flooding in Abbotsford on Wednesday. Abbotsford police said Thursday that some drivers were ignoring barriers as water levels were rising again on the Sumas Prairie. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)
Debris and cars are pictured on Highway 1 after the flooding in Abbotsford on Wednesday. Abbotsford police said Thursday that some drivers were ignoring barriers as water levels were rising again on the Sumas Prairie. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)

Police in Abbotsford, B.C., are pleading with drivers to respect highway barriers as floodwaters began rising again on Thursday afternoon.

In a tweet at 1:11 p.m. PT, the local police department said roadways that had been dry an hour ago in the eastern part of Sumas Prairie now had flowing water on them.

"We are seeing people not respecting barriers and police direction causing public safety concerns," the tweet read.

Earlier in the day, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun had told reporters that conditions in the flood-stricken city had marginally improved, but with rain in the forecast, it was possible the disastrous conditions of recent days could return.

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