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Private Pilots quickly Responding to Devastating BC Floods – ON GOING DISASTER

Emergency Response to BC Floods by General Aviation. Rivers are exploding, Destroying massive sections of roads and land.

Please SHARE this video, and consider donating what you can to help the affected families and keep the fleet of planes and helicopters in the air.

Verified donation links here: https://www.gofundme.com/en-ca/c/act/bc-flooding

After a record breaking wildfire season, large portions of British Columbia Canada are now experiencing catastrophic #BCFloods. The area was overwhelmed with devastation due to the recent wildfires and now massive amounts of precipitation brought by the Pineapple Express have caused even further, widespread devastation.

This ongoing torrent of rain unleashed #landslides, caused major flooding, and caused rivers to forge new paths wiping out people’s properties, washing away homes, stranding and drowning livestock, and obliterating kilometers of roads, highways, and multiple bridges.. and in many places any conceivable place to rebuild them without extraordinary expense and engineering has also been washed away and is precariously subject to future landslides, erosion and flooding; amongst all the devastation throughout the interior, part of Abbotsford, BC, known as Sumas Prairie has also been catastrophically flooded, submerging massive tracts of land, homes, farms, and businesses.

“This is not over, by a long shot.”

Unfortunately, the response to date from the government has been inadequate; despite the best efforts of the members on the ground and those in command, there just isn’t enough resources being allocated.

This special episode recognizes the bold and heroic efforts of a group of civilian #PrivatePilots (and @mrbentley_thedog) who have more than stepped up to provide emergency relief flights and supply runs to hundreds of people and many communities cut off by these unprecedented events.

Please SHARE this video, and consider donating what you can to help the affected families and keep the fleet of planes and helicopters in the air.

Verified donation links here: https://www.gofundme.com/en-ca/c/act/bc-flooding

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