The B.C. River Forecast Centre has upgraded the flood advisory to a flood watch in the Peace River Region.

The flood watch is now in affect for the Moberly River near Fort St. John, the Pine River near East Pine and the tributaries of the Peace River and Williston around Hudson’s Hope, Taylor and west of Fort St. John.

According to the River Forecast Centre, river levels have been high through the week in response to significant rainfall Monday and Tuesday, and on-going snowmelt through the later part of the week. Snowmelt rates at the Pine Pass have been 10-20 mm/day. 

River levels have been rising steadily over the past several days. Current flow rates at Water Survey of Canada Stations:

  • Moberly River near Fort St. John (WSC 07FB008) west of Taylor/Fort St. John is at a 5-year flow of 99 m3/s
  • Pine River at East Pine (WSC 07FB001) east of Hudson’s Hope is between a 2-year and 5-year flow at 1520 m3/s
  • Halfway River near Farrell Creek (WSC 07FA006) east of Hudson’s Hope is near a 2-year flow  at approximately 500 m3/s

Environment Canada forecasts rainfall amounts in the 30-50mm range through Monday for the Peace-Williston area. River levels are expected to rise through the late weekend and into the week, with rapid rises Monday and into Tuesday. 

The rate and amount to which rivers rise will depend on precipitation rates that occur during this weather system. 

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will provide an update as warranted.