UPDATE as of July 22 at 11:30 a.m. – The flood watch for the Pine River has ended. The Pine River and tributaries have peaked at the 5 to 20 year return period flows. The Peace River and tributaries have peaked yesterday or are peaking today at about the 2 year return period flows. The rainfall is easing and the river levels are receding now or expected to recede later today. No major flood risks are expected in this region recently though small rises of river levels are still possible.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Heavy rainfall in the B.C. Peace has caused river levels to increase.
The River Forecast Centre has upgraded the forecast for the Pine River and it’s tributaries to a flood watch. Based on the current modelling, the Pine River and tributaries are expected to peak at the 10 to 20 year return period flows Saturday night or Sunday morning, similar to peak levels reached in June 2016. The Peace River is also expected to see moderate increases in water levels.
The public is cautioned to stay clear from rivers and the unstable riverbanks during this high water period.
The River Forecast Centre is also maintaining a high streamflow advisory for the Peace Region, including the Kiskatinaw, Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek rivers and their tributaries.
The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.