Water levels are high in Harrison Lake and Harrison Lagoon, prompting the District of Kent to make sand and bags available for affected residents as they brace themselves for possible flooding. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Water levels are high in Harrison Lake and Harrison Lagoon, prompting the District of Kent to make sand and bags available for affected residents as they brace themselves for possible flooding. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Residents brace for possible flooding as Harrison Lake rises

Kent officials make sand and bags available in Harrison

Record snow melts due to the heat wave that scorched through the Pacific Northwest has Agassiz-Harrison officials on high alert.

The District of Kent is monitoring water level conditions daily for the next few days as Harrison Lake is expected to rise to 12.5 metres by Friday (July 2).

This lines up closely with the Provincial River Forecast Centre’s report earlier this week that put Harrison Lake at its peak on Friday or Saturday, reaching up to 13.23 metres. Harrison Lake is under a flood watch due to rapid snow melt in the higher elevations of the Lillooet River.

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District officials stress the need for extreme caution near all watercourses and to be prepared in case of an emergency or evacuation. Emergency kits should include food, water, medications, toiletries and important personal documents.

Due to the high lake levels, sand and bags are available at the overflow parking lot in Harrison Hot Springs on Miami River Drive. Residents are asked to take only what they need and to bring a shovel.

For more information, contact emergency coordinator Mike Van Laerhoven at 604-796-2614.


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