Ministry of FLNRO

Flood Warnings and Advisories

UPDATE - High Streamflow Advisory – Fraser River
ISSUED: June 8, 2017 4:00 PM

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

  • Fraser River including areas of the main stem river from the Fraser Canyon downstream to the ocean

Flows on the Fraser River reached highs over the weekend, with flows at the Water Survey of Canada gauge Fraser River at Hope (08MF005) peaking at 9,800 m3/s, and water levels at the Fraser River at Mission (08MH024) reaching 5.65 m.

Upstream tributary flows have been receding, and river levels on the Fraser River downstream through Hope and the Fraser Valley to the ocean have been easing through this week. Flows at Hope have dropped to 8,550 m3/s, and water levels at Mission are now down to 5.20m.

A large upper low pressure system is current affecting the province, bringing the potential a steadier period rain into the Fraser River headwaters. Runoff from this rainfall will lead to rises in tributary flows on the Fraser River, and another period of rising flows is expected through the Fraser Valley early next week. Current forecasting is indicating the potential for flows in the 9,000-10,000 m3/s range at Hope, and water levels at Mission of approximately 5.2-5.5m over the Tuesday to Thursday period next week (June 13-15). There is still some uncertainty over the amount of rain that will fall within the Upper Fraser River basin (e.g. upstream of Prince George) and the Thompson River system; flows along the lower Fraser River may be above or below the current forecasted levels depending on how much rain occurs over the next day or two.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor river levels 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.