Fraser River evacuation alert

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

The Fraser River continues to swell due to rapid spring thaw in B.C.'s Lower Mainland, prompting a new evacuation alert for properties under threat.

Officials say Barnston Island is now restricted to residents, businesses and those with a family connection. The regional park is also closed.

Temperatures in Metro Vancouver were extremely hot this past week. Anyone with questions can contact Metro Vancouver's Information Centre at 604-432-6200, or icentre@metrovancouver.org.

Metro Vancouver staff are monitoring Fraser River levels as well as patrolling dikes and deploying sandbags.

The Township of Langley issued an evacuation alert on Tuesday for unprotected flood plains.

Alerts are to advise residents that there is a significant risk of flooding in their area.

Firefighters went door-to-door when the alert was issued, passing out information pamphlets to residents of 400 homes. One told CTV News the water rose 30 to 35 centimetres overnight. Residents are advised to be ready to leave their properties on short notice should an evacuation order be issued.

Residents of three properties at Carey Point have been ordered out of their homes because of flooding. Others nearby were put on alert.

They said the current provincial forecast is not a cause for concern for residents within the city's dyke system.

A high streamflow advisory is still in place for the Fraser River, which was measured at 5.7 metres in Mission on Wednesday.

With this in mind, officials specify that the announcement is not an evacuation order. They can not return home until the order has been lifted.

Pets and livestock should be relocated to a safe area immediately. Accommodations should be arranged if possible, though emergency housing will be provided if needed.

If time, residents should consider taking steps to protect their property from damage.

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