Ministry of FLNRO

Flood Warnings and Advisories

High Streamflow Advisory – South Peace Region, Bulkley-Skeena
ISSUED: June 8, 2017 12:00 PM

The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • South Peace Region and surrounding areas including Pine Pass and tributaries around Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, and Mackenzie
  • Skeena River and tributaries, including the Bulkley River

A Pacific frontal system is expected to sweep across British Columbia on Thursday, reaching the northern BC interior tonight. Heavy rain is expected across the region overnight Thursday and into Friday. Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the region, and rainfall in excess of 50 mm is possible over the next 48 hours. There is still some uncertainty over how the system will pass and which locations will receive the highest amount of precipitation.

Rivers throughout the region are expected to respond to this rainfall on Friday, with peak flows expected over the Friday to Saturday period. There is the potential for flooding with this system, and this advisory may be upgraded to a Flood Watch as more confidence is gained in observed rainfall rates and amounts.
The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will update the advisory as conditions warrant.

 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 is possible.
 A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.
 A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.