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High Streamflow Advisory – Peace Region, Northern Rockies

ISSUED: 1200h June 25th, 2018

 

The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • Peace Region including tributaries around Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and areas to the west
  • Northern Rockies including tributaries around Fort Nelson and areas to the west

A low pressure system is expected to move across the BC Interior today, and stall near the north-east corner of BC. Heavy rain is expected to develop as this low tracks across the province. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued rainfall warnings for the region, with rainfall amounts in the 60 to 80 mm range expected by Tuesday morning. Weather modelling is indicating the potential for rainfall totals to be higher than this over higher elevation terrain in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Rapid river rises are expected in response to this rainfall tonight and Tuesday, and possibly into Wednesday for larger river systems. Currently forecasted rainfall totals are in the range that have led to localized flood impacts in previous flood events (eg 2011, 2012, 2016).

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.

 

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.

A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.

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