Flood Warnings and Advisories
High Streamflow Advisory – South Coast and Vancouver Island
ISSUED: 2:30 PM December 13, 2018
The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory for the South Coast and Vancouver Island including:
- Metro Vancouver – including the Serpentine and Nicomekl Rivers and local streams
- Howe Sound – including the Stawamus River and tributaries along the Sea-to-Sky Highway
- Sunshine Coast – including watersheds around Gibsons and Sechelt
- North Shore – including the Seymour River and watersheds around North Vancouver and West Vancouver
- Fraser Valley (North) – including mountainous tributaries from Coquitlam to Harrison
- West Vancouver Island – including tributaries around Gold River, Zeballos, Tofino and surrounding areas
- Central Vancouver Island – including the Sproat and Somass Rivers and areas surrounding Port Alberni
- East Vancouver Island – including tributaries around Campbell River, Courtenay, Parksville, Nanaimo and surrounding areas
- Southern Vancouver Island – including the Cowichan River, Chemainus River and surrounding tributaries
A series of powerful Pacific storms continue to impact British Columbia. The second of these storms has delivered moderate rainfall across the region, with rainfall amounts in the 50-130 mm range being observed over the past 24 hours. Significant snowfall has occurred over higher terrain.
Rainfall is expected to continue through Thursday evening, and ease overnight and early on Friday before the next storm system arrives later on Friday. Temperatures are expected to rise over this period, however significant snow melt is not expected. Additional storm systems are expected to continue to impact south-west BC over the weekend and into next week.
Continued periods of high streamflow are expected on Thursday, Friday and through the weekend. Brief periods between storms will allow for river levels to ease during these gaps in heavy rainfall.
The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.
Contact for Media Relations, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development:
Tel: 250 356-7506
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