Heavy rain and warm temperatures triggered a Flood Watch alert to be issued by the B.C. River Forecast Center

On alert

Heavy rain and warm temperatures triggered a Flood Watch alert to be issued by the B.C. River Forecast Center, Sunday evening, for the Hope area.

  • Jan. 20, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Heavy rain and warm temperatures triggered a Flood Watch alert to be issued by the B.C. River Forecast Center, Sunday evening, for the Hope area. Both the Silver-Hope Creek (pictured above) and Coquihalla River were added to the alert, called earlier for rivers in the Fraser Valley. Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy maintained a watch on the river levels, and although they were running high and fast, thanks to the low water level of the Fraser River, the Hope area was flushing out without threat of serious flooding. At the time the alert was issued, the water level on the Coquihalla River above Alexander Creek had risen to 3.61 metres, just above the two-year return period of 3.57 metres. By Monday morning, the heavy rain had turned to showers and temperatures began to drop.

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