This information is from 2016.
DAWSON CREEK, BC: Update: Highway 29 is open between Hudson’s Hope and Fort St. John it’s CLOSED 13 km south of Chetwynd. We apologize for that incorrect information.
For many residents of the South Peace it’s like reliving the floods of June 2011 all over again after heavy rain and fast moving water rip apart portions of Dawson Creek and Chetwynd and destroy areas of the Pine Pass…
Environment Canada states that 129 mm of rain has fallen on Chetwynd and 89 mm of rain for the Dawson Creek area and that doesn’t include totals for today. No doubt that much rain in 24 hours is going to increase river and stream levels across Northern BC.
The good news is the rain warnings have ended leaving us to tell you more bad news about Highway 97 North is CLOSED and Highway 29 is CLOSED 13 km south of Chetwynd and will remain closed for quite some time to come. Highway 29 between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope is open.
Highway 52 has been reopened to single lane alternating traffic.
Below is information regarding a FLOOD Warning/Watch for the Peace…
BC River Forecast Centre is maintaining a Flood Warning for:
- Peace Region including streams near Pine Pass, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, and Fort St John
The BC River Forecast Centre is maintaining a Flood Watchfor:
- Northeast BC including streams near Fort Nelson
Rainfall totals in the Peace region from the start of the event on Tuesday to 8 AM this morning range from 40 to 130 mm, with the higher totals recorded near Pine Pass, Chetwynd and southeast of Fort Nelson.
Forecast information from Environment Canada indicates rainfall will ease this afternoon as the system moves out of the region later Thursday. Rain totals are forecast to range from 5 to 15 mm in the Peace Region. Details of the current weather affecting the province may be found here.
Water levels have increased overnight in major streams in the region. Flow conditions this morning, recoded by the Water Survey of Canada (WSC), are as follows:
- Pine River near East Pine (WSC 07FB001) is recording a flow of 3116 m3/s, which exceeds the 20-year return period flow. Water levels increased 145 cm overnight and have been steady this morning. Flows are forecast to remain high Thursday between 3000 and 3500 m3/s, and will decrease on Friday.
- Sukunka River (WSC 07FB003) is recording a flow of 845 m3/s, which exceeds the 20-year return period flow. Water levels increased 30 cm overnight and have begun to decrease this morning. Flows are forecast to decrease through Thursday.
- Murray River near the mouth (WSC 07FB002) is recording a flow of 756 m3/s, which is close to the 5-year return period flow. Water levels increased 54 cm overnight and have been steady this morning. Flows may increase this morning and begin to decrease overnight Thursday and Friday.
- Dickebusch River (WSC 07FB004) is recording a flow of 240 m3/s, which exceeds the 20-year return period flow. The river peaked Thursday evening and water levels have been decreasing at 5 cm/hour this morning. Flows will continue to decrease through Thursday.
- Carbon Creek (WSC 07EF004) is recording a flow of 197 m3/s, which exceeds the 20-year return period flow. The river peaked late Thursday night and has been decreasing this morning. Flows are expected to continue to decrease through Thursday.
- Moberly River (WSC 07FB008) is recording a flow of 88 m3/s, which is between the 2-year and 5-year return period flow. Water levels increased 40 cm overnight and are continuing to rise at 4 cm/hour this morning. Flows are forecast to reach between 100 and 120 m3/s by Thursday and peak overnight. Peak flows may exceed the 10-year return period flow. Flows will begin to decrease by late Friday or Saturday.
- Kiskatinaw River (WSC 07FD001) gauge has experienced technical issues overnight. Estimated flow is between 500 and 550 m3/s, which exceeds the 20-year return period flow. Water levels will continue to rise this morning and peak levels are expected Thursday night.
- Pouce Coupe River (WSC 07FD007) is recording a stage of 18.8 m. The conditions exceed the range of the current rating curve for the station. Water levels rose 5.45 m overnight. The rate of rise has slowed since last night and water levels are rising at 18 cm/hour this morning. Water levels are expected to peak late Thursday.
- Peace River above Alces River (WSC 07FD010) is recording a flow of 3084 m3/s, which exceeds the 2-year return period flow. Flows are forecast to exceed 5000 m3/s by Thursday night and peak flows are expected to reach or exceed 6000 m3/s overnight. Peak flows may approach the 20-year return period flow event.
- Fontas River (WSC 10CA001) is recording a flow of 37 m3/s. Water levels have risen 15 cm overnight and are expected to continue to rise through the day Thursday. Flows are forecast to reach between 520 to 570 m3/s by early Saturday morning. Peak flows may approach the 20-year return period flow event.
Smaller creeks in the elevated areas of the Peace region have likely reached their peak for this event. River levels are expected to remain high throughout the day through the region. Rivers flowing from lakes or wetlands will have delayed peaks and slower decreasing flows due to the storage components of the drainage basin.
We are asking residents to tune into their local media for updates regarding services in the city like schools and hospitals as PJXM doesn’t provide this type of information.