Flood Warnings and Advisories
Northeast Region - Flood Watch – Cariboo, Chilcotin (MAINTAINED)
High Streamflow Advisory – Chilako River (DOWNGRADED), Dean River
ISSUED: 8:30 AM May 1, 2020
The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a Flood Watch for:
- Cariboo and Chilcotin (Fraser Plateau) including tributary rivers and streams around Williams Lake, Quesnel, Alexis Creek, Anahim Lake, and surrounding areas
The River Forecast Centre is downgrading to a High Streamflow Advisory for:
- Tributary rivers and streams around Chilako and south-west of Prince George
The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory for:
- Dean River
Snowmelt rates have increased slightly over the past day or two. In some areas snow packs are dwindling (particularly below 1300-1400m) leading to an easing on river levels. In mid elevations (1400-1600m) some snow remains and is expected to melt over the next 1-2 weeks. In watersheds with terrain above 1400m, on-going river rises from snowmelt are possible. This includes watersheds around highway 24, the San Jose River and the Bridge Creek near Deka Lake. Watersheds with terrain primarily below 1400m are seeing on-going receding flows, however remain sensitive to additional rises from rainfall over the weekend.
Current reported river conditions as of 6:00AM Friday May 1st include:
- Baker Creek at Quesnel (08KE016) gauge has been repaired and on-site water measurements taken yesterday. Current flow is estimated as 68 m3/s (2-year to 5-year) and receding
- Sheridan Creek above McLeese Lake (08MC045) is flowing at 2.6 m3/s (2-year) and receding
- San Jose above Boreland Creek (08MC040) is estimated to be flowing at 25.4 m3/s (50-year flow) and slowly receding (less than 5cm per day)
- Chilako River upstream of the Highway 16 bridge continues to recede at
- Dean River below Tanswanket Creek (08FC003) is flowing at 124m3/s (2-year to 5-year flow) and receding at approximately 10cm per day
A ridge is expected to build today, with some warming of temperatures. In areas with snowpack remaining this will lead to a modest increase in snowmelt rates and potential rise in rivers. Over the weekend a low-pressure system is expected to impact the province, with rainfall primarily focused on the west side of the Coast Mountains, with some showers and rain into the Interior. Rises in river levels over the weekend are possible.
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: