BC’s River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Nechako River.
On-going snowmelt runoff in the west-central part of the province has led to a slow and steady rising of the Nechako River and its tributaries.
Current flows at the Nechako River near Vanderhoof, are at 440 m3/s.
Downstream towards Prince George, the Nechako River at Isle Pierre is flowing at 720 m3/s and rising at a rate of 10-20 m3/s per day.
Rivers are expected to see gradual rises through this week, with flows up to 5-year levels being possible later in the week (Friday into the weekend).
The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during this period.
The BC River Forecast Centre has upgraded a Flood Watch to a Flood Warning for the Quesnel River.
Ron Richert, the Director of Emergency Services with the City, confirms that the Quesnel River has come up and that the city has received some tiger dams from Emergency Management BC.
He says the plan is to have a practice run on filling them up and getting them deployed.
Richert says this is only a precaution at this point.
The river is expected to peak late this week or over the weekend.
As usual, Richert says the weather will ultimately determine if there is flooding or not.
With files from George Henderson mycariboonow.com