Tuesday April 16, 2012

City Hall News

Freshet Outlook 

City says higher than normal runoff expected

Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chwk

 

he Provincial River Forecast Centre has recently released its April 1, 2012 snowpack report. The overall Fraser River Basin snowpack is 131% of normal, with well above normal snow packs in the Upper Fraser and Nechako Basins.

 

April 1, 2012 snowpack report. The overall Fraser River Basin snowpack is 131% of normal, with well above normal snow packs in the Upper Fraser and Nechako Basins. By April 1st, typically 95% of the total snowpack has accumulated.

 

The River Forecast Centre is forecasting higher than normal runoff volumes for the Fraser Basin, but peak flows will depend on the weather during the spring freshet from May to July. Owners of properties outside the dyke are being advised that their properties may be affected by higher than normal water levels, particularly if there is a sudden hot spell and/or heavy rainfall in the Central Interior where a majority of the Fraser River flows originate. Properties inside the dyke have a much higher level of protection.

 

City of Chilliwack Preparations

The City of Chilliwack’s flood response planning is continuous and flood hazard management is accomplished through a variety of measures. Recent flood protection projects include dyke raising, bank protection works and improvements to the dyke's seepage control system. These works help protect the integrity of our dyke system.

 

The City has prepared emergency plans and maintains an emergency management organization. This is to ensure the safety of citizens when the situation requires a high level of response.

 

Snowpack levels and runoff forecasts will continue to be closely monitored and you will be provided with information updates as they are received.

 

Updates will be issued on the City website www.chilliwack.com/floodprotection, the City’s Twitter account www.twitter.com/city_chilliwack , Facebook account www.facebook.com/chilliwack and via local radio partners, 98.3 STAR FM and 89.5 The Hawk.

 

The City of Chilliwack has also opened an information hotline, which can be reached at 604-793-2757.

 

How You Can Prepare

We cannot predict if flooding will occur later this spring, but if you live in the floodplain, it is always important to be aware and to be prepared for the potential risk to your safety and your property.

 

If you don’t already have an Emergency Plan in place for your household, now is an excellent time. More information on emergency planning and the City’s flood protection program can be found at www.chilliwack.com/floodprotection.

 

Chilliwack Emergency Coordinators also offer Emergency Preparedness Presentations to groups. To arrange, please contact: 604-792-8713.

 

 

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