Floods are natural events that have always shaped the land and carried nutrients, supporting natural ecosystems. For communities built near water, however, the interaction of floodwaters with things people value creates negative impacts. Simply put, when humans use flood hazard areas for settlement, agriculture, infrastructure and other assets and activities, flooding can cause adverse impacts.
For a look at past Fraser River floods, explore our Story Maps:
Here is an overview of the types of impacts that occur during and after a flood.