Flood Warnings and Advisories

Northeast Region – Flood Watch – Upper Fraser River (UPGRADED), Quesnel River (UPGRADED)
ISSUED: 10:15AM June 24, 2020

The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Watch for:

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

Continued rainfall and snowmelt in the headwaters of the Upper Fraser and Cariboo Mountains is leading to rising river levels. Observed precipitation over the last two days has been in the 10-40 mm range throughout the region.
Current observations include:

  • Fraser River at Hansard (08KA004) is flowing at 2400 m3/s (5-year flow) and rising
  • Fraser River at South Fort George (08KE018) is at 9.0 m and rising. Flow may reach or exceed 9.5 m over the next two days
  • Quesnel River at Likely (08KH001) is flowing at 550 m3/s (between a 10-year and 20-year flow) and rising

With tributaries upstream of Prince George and Quesnel still experiencing rising flows, on-going rises in river levels are expected along the downstream reaches throughout the next 1-2 days.

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: 250-213-8172

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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