Ended… Flood Watch issued for rivers in BC North and the Upper Fraser…


Sunday, May 21, 2023 | 8:25 pm. Last update on May 24 at 5:00 pm.

The flood Watch has ended for BC North and Upper Fraser. It is to note that rivers are flowing higher due to rapid snow melt from the previous week. Be careful around all river and creek banks.

A Flood Watch has been issued from the BC River Forecast Centre. The areas mentioned below are now under a Flood Watch.

UPDATE – North Interior: Flood Watch – Upper Fraser (UPGRADE), Middle Fraser – Cariboo
Mountains (UPGRADE); High Streamflow Advisory – Fraser River mainstem
ISSUED: 4:30 PM May 21, 2023
The River Forecast Centre is updating the following advisories:
Flood Watch

  • Upper Fraser River tributaries upstream of Prince George, including the McGregor River,
    Willow River, Bowron River, Dakehl Territory and surrounding tributaries (UPGRADE)
  • Middle Fraser including the Cariboo mountains and tributaries east of ?Esdilagh and
    Quesnel (including Quesnel River, Little Swift River) Secwepemc Territory and
    surrounding areas (UPGRADE)

  • High Streamflow Advisory
  • Fraser River mainstem including areas around Lheidli T’enneh, Prince George to Quesnel
    Weather Synopsis:
    Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a Special Weather Statement on Sunday, May
    21 at 11:00am PDT, indicating that heavy rainfall is expected on Tuesday, May 23. A significant
    and slow-moving low-pressure system developing over central Alberta will bring rain into the
    region. Light rain will begin Monday before becoming heavier on Tuesday. Rainfall totals could
    range from 20-40 mm, with higher amounts expected on east-facing mountain slopes.
    Locations listed under the Special Weather Statement include Prince George, McBride, Quesnel
    and Williams Lake.
    River Conditions:
    Many rivers in the Cariboo and Upper Fraser are flowing very high for the time of year due to
    recent hot temperatures and rapid snowmelt. With moderate to heavy rainfall possible on
    Tuesday, rivers could rise rapidly to potential flood levels. Conditions will be dependent on the
    location, duration and magnitude of the incoming storm event.
    The public is advised:
    River levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly. Being near these riverbanks, creeks and fast flowing bodies of water is dangerous.

Flood Watch – Peace Region (UPGRADE)
ISSUED: 2:00 PM May 21, 2023
The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Watch for:

  • Peace Region, including tributaries around Fort St. John, Taylor, Chetwynd, Moberly
    Lake, Pine Pass, Hudson’s Hope and Dawson Creek

    Weather Synopsis:
    Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a Rainfall Warning for the B.C. Peace River &
    Southeast Fort Nelson Region, south of Mile 202 Rest Stop this morning at 10:57am PDT. Rain
    will begin early Monday morning and continue through Tuesday night. Rainfall totals are
    forecast to be 50-75 mm with amounts approaching 100mm for southern areas of the B.C.
    Peace River District (e.g. Tumbler Ridge).
    River Conditions:
    Snowmelt rates have been high over the past week due to extremely warm conditions in the
    region. Many rivers are flowing relatively high for the season and will be vulnerable to the
    additional rainfall input. The general pattern of the weather event is similar to 2011 and 2016,
    when substantial flooding occurred in the region.
    The intensity of potential flooding will be
    dependent on the location, duration and magnitude of the incoming storm event. Rivers and
    creeks are expected to respond rapidly and peak late Monday through Wednesday depending
    upon the size and elevation of watershed

From the PPRD for the BC Peace Region

Sand and Sandbags

To help you protect your property, sand and sandbags are being delivered to the following locations tonight, and will be available for pick up in the morning.

Chetwynd/Moberly Area

  • Iver Johnson Park – 6939 Middlemiss Subdivision, Hasler
  • 6511 Wildmare Subdivision – next to the trailer park (look for the orange bin)
  • Yips Sub on Moberly Lake – south side of Moberly Lake
  • Moberly Lake Fire Hall – 6492 Lakeshore Drive

Tomslake Area

  • Tupper Community Hall – 16010 Gundy Rd
  • Tomslake Fire Hall – 15407 Tomslake Dr

Upper Halfway Area

  • Halfway Graham Community Hall – 22380 Highland Sub

Please bring your own shovel and gloves.

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