New Westminster, BC– The City of New Westminster would like to provide the following update to residents regarding the water levels on the Fraser River, received from the BC River Forecast Centre as of June 1, 2012.
Weather over the past week has been modest, with no major heat spells or rain. Currently river levels across the province are below levels of concern, and most rivers are flowing at near normal levels for this time of year. Significant snow pack remains at upper elevations across the province, and seasonal flood risk is still present on most river systems including the Fraser Basin. Flood risk is expected to persist through June in the region.
The current weather forecast is for a frontal system to move across British Columbia throughout Friday. Environment Canada has forecasted a large scale upper trough and it is expected to persist into next week, bringing cool and unsettled weather. There is the potential for additional rainfall into the middle of next week. Rivers are forecasted to see rises through the weekend within normal levels, with the most notable increases in tributaries and main stem flows in the Upper and Lower Fraser River.
The City of New Westminster Emergency Management Office will continue to monitor the situation through regular liaison with the experts at the federal and provincial government levels and will continue to provide updates to the community as necessary. In the meantime, interested members of the public may wish to visit the city website at newwestcity.ca for further information on the 2012 Fraser River Freshet including links to provincial bodies responsible for public safety.