DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The River Forecast Centre has issued a flood watch for the Pouce Coupe River and a high streamflow advisory for the rest of the B.C. Peace.

Precipitation and snowmelt in Northeast B.C. over the last 24 hours has caused both warnings to be issued. In Fort St. John and Dawson Creek 20-30 mm of rain has been observed in the past 24 hours.

A trough of low pressure is spiralling in moisture from Alberta in British Columbia and is expected to continue to impact the region into the weekend.

Temperatures remain cool, and a mix of rain and snow is expected, with additional precipitation amounts of 15-30 mm, and locally higher amounts, forecasted through Sunday.

The high streamflow advisory has been issued for the following:

  • All tributaries around Dawson Creek, Taylor, Fort St. John and surrounding areas.
  • Northeast B.C. including tributaries near the Alberta border between Fort Nelson and Fort St. John.

Rivers in the region have been rising, with continued rises expected into the weekend. Current conditions include:

  • Pouce Coupe River below Henderson Creek (Water Survey of Canada Gauge 07FD007) is flowing at 350 m3/s (between a 5-year and 10-year flow) and may exceed 400 m3/s by Saturday.
  • Kiskatinaw River near Farmington (07FD001) is currently flowing at approximately 58 m3/s (below a 2-year flow).

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period. Be prepared and know your hazards.

Argo Road Maintenance says two roads in the South Peace have been closed due to the heavy rain. Click here for the details.

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

Adam Reaburn is the owner of Moose FM and Energeticcity.ca. Adam has been working in broadcasting for over 20 years. Adam and his wife Tammy have lived in Fort St. John for over 18 years.