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:
- 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
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.
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
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).
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.
- 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
- 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.