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Fraser River approaching expected peak: District of Kent

District officials caution those living outside dike system to be vigilant
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The Fraser River from Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack on April 14, 2021. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

District of Kent officials said those living outside the dike system should remain vigilant as the Fraser River continues to rise.

According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, the Fraser River is nearing its expected peak for snowmelt-driven flooding as the river is expected to continue rising over the course of the coming days. District officials said the flow forecast is expected to reach levels comparable to 2018 and 2020 with maximum levels rising to 2012 levels.

The District’s June 3 statement said overbank spilling isn’t expected at this time. However, since the river may hit levels last reached in 2012, this may cause groundwater to rise, which would potentially cause flooding in crawl spaces or basements within the Agassiz townsite.

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“To minimize damage in the event this occurs, residents are encouraged to test sump pumps and move items off the basement floor,” the district said in a statement. District officials added there is the possibility of shallow pondage in agricultural fields near the dikes.

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District officials remind the public to continue exercising extreme caution around fast-moving water. The district may need to close public dike access and some key road areas to ensure safety and structural stability.

To create an emergency flood plan for your household, search PreparedBC online.


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