This is a higher altitude shot of the area east of Mission during the big flood of 1948. The flood affected Nicomen Island, Deroche, Dewdney, Dewdney Peninsula, Hatzic and Mission Flats. A total of 13,135 acres of agricultural land were flooded by the Fraser with 514 houses lost to flood waters.
This is the city of Mission from 1947. No Mission Bridge yet. That wasn’t completed until 1973. Before then, people used to drive across the train bridge to get from Abbotsford to Mission. Check out the line of cars doing just that…
In 1948, a cool spring and warm summer led to a sudden melting of the winter snow pack that caused major flooding throughout the Lower Mainland. On June 3rd the Hatzic dyke, just east of Mission, gave way.