Flood Warnings and Advisories

Northeast Region - Flood Watch – Cariboo (MAINTAINED)
ENDED – Flood Watch - Chilcotin
ENDED - High Streamflow Advisory – Chilako River and Dean River
ISSUED: 8:30 AM May 3, 2020

The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a Flood Watch for:

  • Cariboo and including tributary rivers and streams near Williams Lake and Quesnel and areas east, including the San Jose River and Bridge Creek

The River Forecast Centre is ending a Flood Watch for:

  • Cariboo and including tributary rivers west of the Fraser River including areas around Anahim Lake and Alexis Creek

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

  • Tributary rivers and streams around Chilako and south-west of Prince George
  • Dean River

On-going declines in river levels is occurring through most rivers in the region. Flows remain high in some regions, particularly on the San Jose River and areas to the east of Williams Lake, Quesnel and 100 Mile House including Bridge Creek. In mid-elevation terrain (1400-1600m) there is still some snow cover allowing for the maintenance of high flows due to snowmelt.
Current reported river conditions as of 7:00AM Sunday May 3rd include:

  • Baker Creek at Quesnel (08KE016) gauge has been repaired and on-site water measurements taken yesterday. Current flow is estimated as 69 m3/s (2-year to 5-year) and is holding steady
  • Sheridan Creek above McLeese Lake (08MC045) is flowing at 2.4 m3/s (below a 2-year) and is holding steady
  • San Jose above Boreland Creek (08MC040) is estimated to be flowing at 22 m3/s (20-year to 50-year flow) and slowly receding
  • Chilako River upstream of the Highway 16 bridge continues to recede
  • Dean River below Tanswanket Creek (08FC003) is flowing at 95m3/s (below a 2-year flow) and receding

A low-pressure system continues to impact British Columbia today, with the potential for some showers through the region and cooler temperatures. No significant rises in rivers are expected in the short-term, however areas with significant snowpack may see additional rises through the coming week as temperatures rise.


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:

  1. High Streamflow Advisory: River levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible. This is the lowest level.
  2. Flood Watch: River levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur. This is the intermediate level.
  3. Flood Warning: River levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result. This is the highest level.

Links:

  1. Home of River Forecast Centre
  2. Current Streamflow Conditions and Flood Forecast Modeling
  3. Map of Current Streamflow Return Periods for All WSC Stations
  4. CLEVER Model 10-day Forecasts of Discharges and Return Periods
  5. COFFEE Model 5-day Forecasts of Discharges and Return Periods
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