High Streamflow Advisory Issued For Bulkley River, Buck Creek

NOTE:  CORRECTS EARLIER VERSION OF STORY -- HIGH STREAMFLOW ADVISORY, NOT FLOOD WATCH ADVISORY

 

The River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Bulkley River and Buck Creek in the Houston and Smithers areas.

The Bulkley-Nechako Regional District says there is a potential for flooding and people in flood-prone areas should make preparations, and to refrain from recreating on or near the Bulkley River including small streams and tributaries.

Rapidly melting snow has also caused some concerns in the Burns Lake area, where Saul Creek was causing some flooding along Railway Avenue late last week.

Crews were busy over the weekend, building a containment berm.

The flooding forced a temporary closure of the south end of Rod Reid Trail, as well as the Eveneshen Nature Trail.    

The Transportation Ministry has closed a passing lane on Highway 16 east of Burns Lake, due to shoulder erosion, but the route remains open to two-way traffic.   

In Kitimat, meantime, the District has announced the Radley Park Boat Launch is closed to all boat and vehicle traffic until further notice, due to last fall's flood damage.