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Flood Warnings on Fraser River Flood Plain

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Alert: High Streamflow Advisory for the Lower Fraser River

BC Environment has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Lower Fraser River, encompassing the areas between Hope and the ocean including the lower mainland.

The Fraser River at Mission is now anticipated to peak at approximately 6 metres by Sunday, June 4th to Tuesday, June 6th.

This freshet is similar to the 2012 freshet which resulted in minor flooding near: Daly Road / 179 Street and 138 Street / 117 Avenue. No other flooding is expected from these projected flows in Surrey. This river level is below the level of the dykes in Surrey and will not trigger an evacuation order for areas protected by these dykes.

Locations along the Fraser River in Surrey which are not protected by standard dikes may experience minor flooding.

What to do

Residents and Business owners in these areas are advised to move valuable items to higher elevation and be planning for possible evacuation orders if need be. Actual water levels will vary depending upon the amount of snowmelt and rainfall received in the watershed over the next several days and weeks.

City staff will continue to monitor the situation and provide as required. See our Flood Preparedness Guide for emergency contact numbers.

Surrey areas of flooding concern

The immediate areas of concern in Surrey are outlined on the Fraser River Flood Plain Map . If you live or have a business within the Fraser River Flood Plain, review the Fraser River Preparedness Phases, and become familiar with what to do during a flood.

Flooding preparedness

Read through the following information thoroughly to ensure the safety of your family and employees and to minimize flood damage to your property or business in the event of a flood.

  • Residents of the Fraser River Flood Plain, review your Resedential Flood Preparedness.
  • Business owners of the area, review Business Flood Preparedness.
  • Punjabi or Chinese-speaking residents, read Flood Preparedness from Emergency Management BC.

Reason of potential flooding

The current snow pack has been measured at significantly more than the annual average. Depending on the melt pattern, this may result in record high river levels. The Ministry of Environment is able to measure the snow pack and look at snowpack melting to compare it to previous flooding events, but exact forecasting of a flood is not possible at this time.

See Surrey's Fraser River Freshet Preparedness Phases to get educated on the system our emergency response teams follow.

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