Construction workers rebuilt Rockwell Drive in the District of Kent following flooding early last year. Harrison Lake is under a flood watch, which raises concerns for travel along the road at least through the first week of July. (File photo)

Construction workers rebuilt Rockwell Drive in the District of Kent following flooding early last year. Harrison Lake is under a flood watch, which raises concerns for travel along the road at least through the first week of July. (File photo)

TRAFFIC: Travel on Rockwell Drive restricted due to flooding concerns

Record heat produced rapid lake level growth, prompting a flood watch

Due to flooding concerns, a travel advisory is in effect for Rockwell Drive in both directions.

According to Drive B.C. only light vehicle traffic is permitted between Lillooet Road and Green Point due to rising water level concerns at Harrison Lake. The next update on this alert is scheduled for next Tuesday (July 6) at noon.

The Provincial River Forecast Centre upgraded Harrison Lake to flood watch on Monday, June 28, along with the Lillooet River and its tributaries. This change follows record-breaking heat throughout much of the week that triggered significant snow melt at higher elevations on the river, causing levels to rise rapidly.

RELATED: Harrison Lake under flood watch

The lake is expected to reach its peak at 13.23 metres on Friday (July 2) and Saturday (July 3).

The District of Kent advises the public to stay clear of fast-moving waters and unstable banks especially during the high stream flow period.

Affected property owners may be notified of an evacuation alert. If you receive one, you are asked to prepare to evacuate if the situation deteriorates or an evacuation order is issued.

Those who do not have an emergency plan in place can create one online at preparedbc.ca.

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


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