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Fraser River Freshet June 21, 2012

River forecasted to peak this weekend. Unprotected areas outside of Chilliwack dyke system remain on evacuation alert.

Water levels on the Fraser River are rising and all residents on properties outside the City dyke system remain on evacuation alert.

The BC River Forecast Centre predicts the river will continue to rise at Mission and peak Saturday or Sunday at 6.75 metres. 

These forecasts do not take into account the rain expected Friday and Saturday.  If rain does occur, then the river will remain high for a couple of days and then we could see a higher peak early next week.

The evacuation alert affects approximately 42 homes located outside the dyke system.  Areas behind the dykes are protected for water levels of up to 8.2 metres and are not at risk.

Some preventative sandbagging is occurring for 3-6 homes backing onto the Hope River.

Please note partial road closures are in effect at:

  • McSween Road north of Ballam Road,
  • Ballam Road between McSween and McDonald
  • Ballam Road east of Kitchen, including Jess

City of Chilliwack officials continue to monitor the river levels and 24 hour dyke patrols will begin on Friday morning.

The river bank is very unstable. Please protect your personal safety and avoid getting too close.

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