New Westminster, BC– The City of New Westminster would like to provide the following update to residents regarding the potential for high water levels on the Fraser River, received from the BC River Forecast Centre as of June 20, 2012.
River levels are expected to remain high through Saturday, and remain elevated into Monday. The Fraser River at Mission is currently forecasted to reach 6.38 m late on Thursday, and due to tidal influences the river is expected continue to rise through the weekend, with daily peak levels of up to 6.75m.
The current weather forecast in southern BC is for warmer weather to continue on Thursday, and then transition into warm and wet weather on Friday and into the weekend. This will lead to additional rises in inflows from local rivers along the lower Fraser River, and will result in higher flows being maintained through the weekend. There is still some uncertainty over the influence of this warmth/rain over the weekend, and this may lead to flows slightly higher than forecast through Sunday. River levels are expected to drop slightly into the early part of next week, however the transition across the province to wetter weather could lead to higher flows next week.
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 Fraser River water levels including links to provincial bodies responsible for public safety.