A bench at Rotary Park on Wardle Street in Hope is a good benchmark for locals to know how high the Fraser River is getting, as shown here on June 5, 2021. (Janis Dick/ Facebook)

A bench at Rotary Park on Wardle Street in Hope is a good benchmark for locals to know how high the Fraser River is getting, as shown here on June 5, 2021. (Janis Dick/ Facebook)

High stream flow advisory for Fraser River from Quesnel to Hope

Fraser River and Coquihalla River confluence can create a flood area in Hope residential area

A high stream flow advisory is in effect for the Fraser River, including from Quesnel to Hope.

The advisory went into place on Saturday, June 5 at 12:30 p.m., and is the lowest level of concern during the spring freshet. It 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.

The next step after an advisory would be a flood watch, which is when river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur. That is followed by a flood warning, which is when river levels have exceeded banks.

In Hope, all eyes are on the confluence of the Fraser River with the Coquihalla, where historical flooding occurs. The water has risen to the literal “bench mark” – a bench in the park along Wardle Street. In the past, water has completely overtaken the park and flooded homes in the area.

The forecast maximum for the next five days, according to the “CLEVER” model is 9611.806(m3/s).

The District of Hope gets fair warning if waters are rising, as there are gauges all along the Fraser River. The volume in Prince George takes about two days to reach Hope. In the case of flood risks, the district will also notify the public on theur website, the Fraser Valley Regional District website, and social media channels like Facebook.

READ MORE: Local rivers not a flooding concern for this freshet season


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