Paddlewheel Park taking on water – photos 250News
Prince George, B.C. – A High stream Flow advisory has been issued for the Fraser River through Prince George as both the Fraser River and the Nechako have risen considerably since Thursday of this week.
In Paddlewheel Park, the Fraser has crept into the park area. Danger signs have been posted as there is a tree down and the river bank is no longer visible. (see photo above)
According to the Government of Canada’s Real Time Hydrometric gauge at South Fort George, the Fraser is at 8.8 meters, a full 1.1 meters higher than it was on Thursday of this week.
The Nechako River is flowing at 631 cubic meters per second, up from the 609 cubic meters per second recorded on June 8th.
The trails in cottonwood Island park are flooded and the concrete boat launch is now submerged (see photo below)
As is the case every spring during the freshet, residents are advised to stay clear of the river bank as the bank may have been undermined by fast flowing water.
The River Forecast Centre says heavy rainfall is the source of the rapid rise, with 15 to 80 mm falling throughout the Upper Fraser Basin. 30-100 mm of rain fell through the Peace, Williston and Mackenzie region. The South Peace region, including the Pine Pass and tributaries around Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd and Mackenzie remain on a flood watch.