Flood Warnings and Advisories
Flood Warning – Cache Creek (UPGRADED), Cariboo (UPGRADED), Chilcotin (UPGRADED), Nazko/West Road River
Flood Watch (MAINTAINED) – Chilako River and areas south-west of Prince George
ISSUED: 8:30 AM April 21, 2020
The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Warning for:
- Cariboo and Chilcotin (Fraser Plateau) including tributary rivers and streams around Williams Lake, Quesnel, Alexis Creek, Anahim Lake, Cache Creek and surrounding areas
The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a Flood Warning for:
- Nazko River and West Road River
The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a Flood Watch for:
- Tributary rivers and streams around Chilako and south-west of Prince George,
Cold spring weather over the past month has transition to climbing temperatures over the past several days throughout the BC Interior. Daily maximum temperatures over the past few days has been in the in 10-19˚C range in Williams Lake and Prince George, and up to 24˚C around Cache Creek, compared to the sub-zero daily maximum temperatures that persisted earlier in the month.
Snowmelt rates have increased, with reports that the rapid transition in temperatures may be playing a factor in increased overland flow due to frozen ground conditions and ice-jamming.
iver levels have been rising rapidly, with high flows being observed in small tributary rivers and creeks throughout the Interior Plateau from Cache Creek north through Williams Lake, Quesnel and west across the Chilcotin.
Current reported river conditions as of 6:00AM Tuesday April 21st include:
- West Road River near Cinema (Water Survey of Canada gauge 08KG001) is flowing at an estimated 430 m3/s (20-year flow) and rising (note a significant stage correction occurred overnight)
- Baker Creek at Quesnel (08KE016) is flowing at 85 m3/s (between a 5-year and 10-year flow) and rising
- San Jose above Boreland Creek (08MC040) is flowing at 18 m3/s (20-year flow) and rising
- Bonaparte River below Cache Creek (08LF002) is flowing at 55 m3/s (5-year to 10-year flow) and rising
Temperatures are expected to ease slightly, with temperatures a few degrees cooler than yesterday’s highs. With overnight temperatures above 0˚C, snowmelt rates are expected to remain high, with continued river rises expected on Tuesday and potentially into Wednesday.
The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.
The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the situation and provides updates as conditions warrant.
Contact for Media Relations, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development:
Tel: 250 356-7506
Levels of Warnings/Advisories: