New Westminster, BC – The BC River Forecast Centre is predicting a high streamflow advisory for the Lower Fraser which will remain in effect through the upcoming weekend and into next week. Given the high 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.
Also, 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.
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.
AHigh Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.
A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.
Dave J. Jones, Manager – Emergency Management Office
604-527-4529 or email@example.com