The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Fraser River which will remain in effect through the week. A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
Given the elevated water levels, the City of New Westminster is urging residents to remain aware and use caution when around the Fraser River shoreline, in particular, Quayside, Port Royal, Braid Industrial Area, Sapperton Landing and other exposed and low-lying areas adjacent to the Fraser or Brunette rivers. Please keep pets out of and away from fast-moving water.
Residents and visitors should remain aware when utilizing below ground parking areas adjacent to the Fraser River as they may experience minor flooding or seepage during high water levels. Residents and strata representatives are responsible for monitoring their parking areas, particularly those that contain electrical rooms, mechanical rooms, and equipment in case of flooding. Affected residents may wish to consider alternate parking arrangements for vehicles during this period.
The City of New Westminster will continue to monitor the situation by conducting regular dike patrols and liaising with provincial officials. The City will provide updates to the community as necessary via the City’s website and social media channels.