No End to Flood Watch
Riverside Park in Vanderhoof – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – The River Forecast Centre is maintaining its flood watch for :
- Nechako River from Isle Pierre to the Fraser River
- Nechako River at Vanderhoof and
- Nautley River near Fort Fraser
The good news is the natural levels on tributaries that flow into the Nechako River, have dropped over the past week because of the declining run off from snowmelt. That runoff is expected to continue to decline as snow packs are nearly depleted.
Although the Nechako River at Vanderhoof has dropped approximately 10 cm this week and is currently flowing at 654 m3/s there is little relief in site. Rio Tinto Alcan continues to release 500 cubic meters per second meaning the flow on the Nechako at Vanderhoof will likely hold around the current level until Rio Tinto Alcan reduces the discharge later this month.
The community of Vanderhoof has done what it can to prepare for flooding, and has already spent more than $300 thousand dollars to shore up homes and infrastructure.
( at right, private property in Vanderhoof surrounded by water )
The River Forecast Centre says there is a possibility of isolated showers over the weekend with daily totals up to 5 mm.
Flows on the Nechako River at Isle Pierre are at 1028 m3/s and have decreased slightly this week. Flows at Isle Pierre are expected to remain around 1020 to 1030 m3/s into next week.
Water levels on the Fraser River at South Fort George are at hovering around the 8 metre mark and continue to decline.