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Pitt Meadows News: High Water Concerns Subside, More Expected Late This Week
Submitted. Fears of flooding all along the Lower Fraser River have subsided as rising water has leveled off but officials are warning of another stretch of high water coming later this week.
According to the Vancouver Sun, “The River Forecast Centre says the latest pulse of water from last week’s storms in the Interior has now moved through the valley — and the river shouldn’t get too much higher this week.
“The worst may be yet to come, though — because forecasters note another surge of water could arrive by the long weekend, when levels of the Fraser at Mission are expected to reach seven metres — a 40 year high.”
Meanwhile, CKNW is reporting, “The head of the BC River Forecast Centre says river levels at Mission and Hope are relatively unchanged today from levels yesterday, but says things are not necessarily improving.
“Dave Campbell says it’s expected levels will hold steady with the possibility of a bit of a drop in the mid part of the week at Mission and Hope.
“”Really caution that we are expecting to see another surge of water as it works its way across the province. Typically it takes us about six days from seeing rain fall in the Interior and the headwaters, the tributaries of the Fraser to make its way down to the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland.”"
“Campbell says that pulse is expected to be higher than what we’re seeing now.
“He says levels at Mission are expected to get up to about 7 metres around Friday to Sunday.”
24/06/12 – 13:20 – Water Levels Remain High, Evacuation Alert Remains In Effect
Water levels on the Fraser River have remained high with continuing warm weather and a heavy downpour Saturday afternoon.
News 1130 reported “Here in the Lower Mainland, people in Maple Ridge are being told to pack their bags just in case as the Fraser River creeps higher.
“Forty-three homes are under an evacuation alert in the area.
“The alert likely comes as no surprise for the people in those homes. Fred Armstrong with the District of Maple Ridge says some of them are already dealing with the water.
“People have been getting some seepage into their property and surrounding land. This is an area that has dealt with this historically many times, and so the ground gets saturated.”
22/06/12 – 23:30 – Eight Pitt Meadows Homes Put On Evacuation Alert
The Vancouver Sun reports an evacuation alert was issued Friday for residents in Pitt Meadows over fears of high water outside the city’s dike system as flood threats move closer to Vancouver.
According to The Sun, eight homes along the Alouette River on Chartier Road and Katzie Road were put on notice they may need to leave their homes.
Annually in May and June, British Columbia experiences a freshet. This occurs when accumulated snow at higher elevations melts causing rivers to rise.If you have any questions during regular office hours, please phone 604-465-5454.
Due to rainfall and rapid snow melt, a high streamflow advisory has been issued for the Lower Fraser River. A high streamflow advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas, outside of the dyking system is possible.
We are advising people to avoid the river areas and to use extreme caution along the dykes and other water courses as the water level continues to rise and the current is fast moving.