According to Environment Canada numbers, two records that stood for more than 70 years were broken in the rainstorm at the end of last week.

The three day totals ending on Saturday show Fort St. John received 114.9 millimeters, including daily record totals of 37.1 on Friday, and 57 on Saturday.

The Friday total, pushed the monthly total, to 118.4 millimeters, breaking the previous 1936 June record of 110.5…and it was more than 12 times the June total in the 2010 drought year.

Meantime, the month-to-date total is now unofficially up to 176.4 millimeters, smashing the alltime one month record of 145.5 established in July of 1939.

Despite all that, latest reports indicate Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope were the hardest hit communities recording three day totals of 128.5 and 126.2 millimeters respectively…

Chetwynd Mayor Evan Saugstad…


Elsewhere, Dawson Creek, which had 54.4 millimeters on Friday, got only 8.8 on Saturday, and recorded a three day total of 82.4…but its monthly total is now more than 140 millimeters.

Highway 97 south of Chetwynd to Mackenzie, and Highway 29 north of Chetwynd to Hudson’s Hope, were among the many highways and roads in the region hit by storm closures.

In both cases, washed out bridges were the cause, and although there’s no official indication when the highways will reopen, Mayor Saugstad is not expecting a quick fix of the Fisher Creek bridge on Highway 97, about 52 kilometers west if Chetwynd.


The one Fort St. John weather station record the storm didn’t wash away, was the alltime one day record of 80.3 millimeters recorded on this day {June 27th} in 1965.