THE NEWS/files Water levels are expected to rise in the Fraser River due to the melting snow pack.

Water levels to peak in Fraser River over the weekend

People being warned in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to exercise due caution as high flow and water levels could be dangerous.

People are being warned about a rising, fast-flowing Fraser River showing the effects of a melting snow pack caused by the recent warm spell.

Both the City of Maple Ridge and B.C. River Forecast Centre warned Thursday that the river is expected to peak on the weekend.

“As the B.C. River Forecast centre noted, the Fraser River has not been at this level for a few years, so a lot of debris that gathered on the shoreline has been picked up and is sweepingdown toward the ocean,” said Patrick Cullen, emergency program coordinator for the City of Maple Ridge.

“People who use the river for recreational boating or paddling need to exercise great caution. Citizens who walk or hike along the river should also be careful, especially with off-leash pets, as the river currents quickly overcome even experienced swimmers.”

High-water levels, high-flow rates and and logs and garbage being washed downstream could be dangerous for those along the river, he added.

Water levels along the Fraser River in Mission are forecast to reach 5.9-6.05 metres Sunday to Tuesday.

The river is then expected to recede gradually.

The high flows could result in localized flooding, depending on infrastructure that’s in place.

Maple Ridge has already begun regular dike inspections as the water levels have been rising.

Those inspections are triggered once the water level reaches six metres at the Mission gauge.

• Data on the water levels are available at the River Forecast Centre website: bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/freshet/index.htm.

Just Posted

UPDATED: Gunfire erupts in quiet Langley neighbourhood early this morning

Police have 79A Avenue cordoned off after reports of shots just before 5 a.m.

Cedar Street development raises concerns at council

Mission councillors raise issues with home lot sizes. traffic and other aspects of the proposal

Facebook post leads to woman’s arrest

Mission RCMP have charged a woman after she was caught rummaging through a car

Man steals police car, goes for a slow ride

Mission RCMP have arrested a man after he took a joy ride in a stolen police car

Rainfall warning issued across Lower Mainland into the weekend

50 to 70 mm of rain expected to fall starting overnight Friday and into Sunday morning

VIDEO: Mission Strong Youth Challenge

Highlights from the obstacle event on Oct. 21

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Most Read