Flood watch issued for Peace Region

Photo Courtesy: B.C. Government Twitter

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Emergency info BC has issued a flood watch warning for the Peace Region.

The area includes streams near Pine Pass, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, and Fort St John. Northeast B.C. is also under a flood watch near streams in Fort Nelson.

Based on current precipitation expectations, flood watches have been issued for the following rivers:

  • Moberly River (WSC 07FB008) is forecast to reach flows between 100 and 120 m3/s by Thursday and peak early Friday morning. Peak flows may exceed the 10-year return period flow. Flows will begin to recede by late Friday.
  • Kiskatinaw River (WSC 07FD001) is forecast to reach flows between 300 and 430 m3/s by Thursday and peak early Friday morning. Peak flows may exceed the 10-year return period flow. Flows will begin to recede by late Friday.
  • Fontas River (WSC 10CA001) is forecast to reach flows between 400 to 570 m3/s by Friday and peak by Saturday morning. Peak flows may approach the 20-year return period flow event. Flows will begin to recede by late Saturday.

The following video was submitted to Energeticcity.ca of flooding along Highway 97 between Chetwynd and the Pine Pass.

They are asking the public to stay away from rivers during rain events due to flowing water.

The river forecast centre will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.