Since December, a mobile band of mechanics has been traveling from farm to farm every Sunday, helping victims of the Abbotsford, British Columbia, floods.
“It’s about an hour drive, but it’s worth it to see the guys and the look on the farmers’ faces when we get their stuff running,” said mechanic Jatinder Singh Rakhra to report Jay Durant at Canada’s Global News.
Through word of mouth, this crew called Chardi Kala Tractor Sewa Group assembled after seeing how many people were struggling. So far they’ve revived close to two dozen tractors.
“(When) something like this happens you got to stick together as a community, help everyone together,” said mechanic Rajan Purewal.
Providing free labor is their way of helping people who have lost so much.
The crew hopes to finish soon. But they won’t stop until every last tractor out here is up and running again.
Abbotsford is located at the foot of Sumas Mountain and is prone to flooding due to sediment in Clayburn Creek. A statement from the city said sediment was removed from the creek in November, but subsequent downpours brought even more sediment that resulted in flooding.