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Lynn Orstad with the FVRD says they haven’t received a single call from residents about any localized flooding during this latest surge of water on the Fraser. There were evacuations in Prince George after the big melt last week, but Orstad says it hasn’t hurt us down here.
“We will be meeting with the province tomorrow to get our weekly update, so we’ll get harder numbers of what we’re actually looking at. What people will start seeing is the river will start coming down now as the pulse has come down from Prince George. So they’ll start seeing the river levels go down again as we wait for the next melt.”
She says overall, the weather has been cooperative.
“I know people would like to see the sun, but this is exactly the type of weather we need, which is a nice slow steady melt.”
She says the flow at Hope has reached about 9500 cubic metres/second, which is about what they were expecting, so we’re still well below levels of concern. She says 40% of the snowpack has to melt for them to consider it the “peak” of the freshet, and right now she believes about 36% has melted, but they’ll get an update from the province tomorrow.
The High Streamflow Advisory is still in effect for now, so you’re still advised to stay clear of the riverbanks and avoid the fast moving water.