River Levels Up
Ducks take a break on a log in the Nechako River – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – All the rain over the past couple of days has pushed river levels up on the Nechako and the Fraser Rivers.
The River Forecast Centre had issued a high streamflow advisory yesterday for areas in the Upper Fraser region ( MacGregor, Willow and Bowron Rivers) but has since rescinded that advisory and say the rivers are expected to start receding later today.
The Fraser River at South Fort George rose nearly two meters from yesterday to today. It was at the 5.9 meter mark on July 4th, and just after noon today was registering at 7.5 meters on the gauge at South Fort.
Between Saturday and yesterday, Prince George had received 37.6 mm of rain, that’s more than half the monthly average (62.1mm) for July.
As is always the case when the river levels climb, users of Cottonwood Island Park are advised to exercise caution along the bank of the Nechako River. “We’re monitoring the water levels everyday” says City of Prince Parks Manager Sean LeBrun “At this point we’re not closing Cottonwood Island, or Paddle Wheel Park, we are continuing to monitor them, but that’s not to say it won’t get to the point where we will have to close them, but we are keeping an eye on them.”
LeBrun says as always, park users are advised to exercise caution along the river banks “That goes without saying year round. When you’re walking along the Nechako or anywhere near the Fraser, you have to exercise caution and be wary of the possibility of the bank being undermined . They are big rivers and can be dangerous.”
So far, the rainfall has not led to the closure of any of the sport fields in the City. The fields may be wet, but LeBrun says there is no standing water, and it will be up to the user groups to make the decision on whether or not to go ahead with scheduled activity.