Low freshet expected on Fraser
There is low risk for Fraser River flooding this year, according to a report to New West city council.
The staff report said snow packs across the province are far below last year’s levels. The 2012 freshet caused enough concern in the Fraser River basin that the city put out piles of sandbags in key locations which would have been deployed if the river got high enough.
It’s expected there will be below-normal seasonal flows during this year’s freshet and into the summer. The report said that usually by this time of the year about two-thirds of B.C.’s snowpack has accumulated. While there are still just over two months left in the snow accumulation season, “Current conditions and forecasts do not indicate a high likelihood of extreme wet or dry seasonal weather through the remaining accumulation season,” said the report.
It also noted the city has updated its response plan since last year, and monitoring the snow pack will continue until the risk has passed or action becomes necessary.