Though much of Harrison Lake’s beach disappeared due to the high water levels, the peak wasn’t as high as forecasters believed it would be.
According to the most recent freshet update from the District of Kent, the water levels peaked on July 1 and 2 – as forecasted – but the water levels reached only 12.26 metres, about a metre short of what the Provincial River Forecast Centre projected on June 25.
As of publication, the high streamflow advisory for the Fraser River has also been lifted.
The district reported no flooding issues in the area.
“Staff continue to monitor forecasts for area lakes and rivers as part of their regular duties at this time of year,” reads a statement from the district.
In the interest of being prepared, emergency personnel distributed sand and bags to concerned property owners to keep flood waters at bay. Rockwell Drive was closed to all but light traffic between Lillooet Road and Green Point for one week due to potential flooding concerns due to high levels at Harrison Lake.
The most recent flooding concerns arose from high snow melt from the upper elevations of the Lillooet River, which was triggered by the heat wave that swept through B.C. toward the end of June and into July.
For more information about emergency preparedness, contact emergency coordinator Mike Van Laerhoven at 604-796-2614.