Flood Warnings and Advisories
Flood Watch – Englishman River, Little Qualicum River
High Streamflow Advisory – South Coast and Vancouver Island (MAINTAINED)
ISSUED: 3:45 PM January 3, 2019
The River Forecast Centre is issuing a Flood Watch for:
- Englishman River
- Little Qualicum River
The River Forecast Centre is maintaining or adding a High Streamflow Advisory for the South Coast and Vancouver Island including:
- Central Vancouver Island (ADDED) – including Sproat River, Somass River, Port Alberni and surrounding areas
- East Vancouver Island (ADDED) – including Parksville, Qualicum and surrounding areas
- South Vancouver Island (ADDED) - including the Chemainus River, Koksilah River, Cowichan River and surrounding areas
- 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 – including the Chilliwack River, and mountainous tributaries on the north side of the Fraser Valley
- West Vancouver Island – including tributaries around Tofino, Bamfield, Port Renfrew and surrounding areas
An intense Pacific frontal system has stalled over south-west British Columbia, bringing heavy rainfall across the region. Rainfall amounts exceeding 150mm have been observed since yesterday on West Vancouver Island, and 60-100+ mm in Central Vancouver Island, Eastern Vancouver Island, Howe Sound and Lower Mainland.
Streamflow has been rising rapidly in response to this rainfall, with areas on Vancouver Island currently reaching or exceeding 2-year return period flows. The Little Qualicum River near Qualicum Beach (Water Survey of Canada gauge 08HB029) is currently flowing at approximately 210 m3/s (20-year flow).
Additional rises are possible later on Wednesday. For larger and lake-influenced systems, including the Cowichan River and Somass River, rises are expected into Thursday.
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
Levels of Warnings/Advisories: