High Streamflow Advisory Issued for Fraser River, City Monitoring

Media Release

For Immediate Release
June 2, 2017
File #2017-10

High Streamflow Advisory Issued for Fraser River, City Monitoring

Pitt Meadows, BC: The BC River Forecast Centre issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Fraser River yesterday, including areas of the main stem river from the Fraser Canyon downstream to the ocean. River levels have been rising in response to hot temperatures and rapid snowmelt in the Fraser River basin. Runoff from hot temperatures over the weekend and early this week are expected to lead to additional rapid rises along the lower Fraser River from Wednesday to Saturday of this week.

 “The City is conducting regular inspections of our dike systems and are in regular contact with the BC River Forecast Centre for updates,” said Mayor John Becker.”

 Water levels at the Fraser River at Mission are forecasted to reach 5.9-6.05m over the Sunday to Tuesday period. Once the water levels reach 6.5 meters at the Mission gauge, the Emergency Operations Centre will be activated and daily dike inspections will occur until the water levels recede.

 “We are advising residents to stay away from rivers and where possible limit use of the dikes to avoid interfering with inspections and necessary repairs that our crews are undertaking,” said Forrest Smith, Director of the City’s Engineering & Operations Department.  “Please stay alert to rapidly changing conditions.”

 Complete water level forecasts from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Flood Safety Section for various locations along the Lower Fraser River can be found on the River Forecast Centre website at www.bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/freshet.

 After reaching peak levels this weekend, flows are expected to recede slowly next week.

 The City will continue to monitor river levels and will provide updates as conditions warrant on the City website at pittmeadows.bc.ca/riverwatch, social media, and recorded message at City Hall at 604.465.2475.

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Baldridge
Manager of Communications and Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows