Flood Warnings and Advisories

Northeast Region – High Streamflow Advisory (ISSUED) – Upper Fraser High Streamflow Advisory (MAINTAINED) – Quesnel River - High Streamflow Advisory (ENDED) – Liard, Northern Rockies
ISSUED: 11:15AM June 22, 2020

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

  • Upper Fraser River including tributaries and the mainstem at Prince George and upstream

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

  • Quesnel River

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

  • North Rockies including the Muskwa River, Sikanni Chief River, Fontas River and tributaries west of Fort Nelson
  • Liard River and tributaries

Rainfall over the weekend has led to an increase in runoff in the upper reaches of the Fraser River. Flows are rising, with the potential to reach 2-5 year return periods over the next couple of days along the mainstem of the river to Prince George. A similar rise is being experienced in tributaries in the Cariboo Mountains, including the Quesnel River. Flows on the Quesnel River are forecast to continue to rise early this week, with a peak on Tuesday or Wednesday in the 10-year to 20-year range (similar to previous peaks observed this season).
In the north-east, including the Liard and Northern Rockies, flows remain high in some rivers from last week’s rainfall, however rivers continue to recede and conditions are expected to continue to improve through this week.

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: 250-213-8172

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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