UPDATE: High Streamflow Advisory ENDED For Bulkley Valley

NOON UPDATE:  HIGH STREAM FLOW ADVISORY ENDED 

The River Forecast Centre is ending to a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • Bulkley River including small streams and tributaries around Houston, Telkwa, Smithers and surrounding areas

Peak levels on rivers through the region occurred over the weekend in response to heavy rain last week. Weather has improved, and river levels are receding and expected to continue to improve through this week.

ADDED NOTE FROM BILLABONG ROAD & BRIDGE MAINTENANCE: Lawson Road repairs to restore road passage scheduled for Tues May 16

 

=== EARLIER STORY ===

The BC River Forecast Centre has downgraded its flood watch for the Bulkley River and its tributaries to a High Streamflow Advisory for the Houston, Telkwa and Smithers areas.

The Centre says a prolonged rain event has passed through the region over the past three days -- and rainfall totals observed at fire weather stations and automated snow weather stations has been in the 25-60 millimetre range, as of Sunday.

Rivers in the region responded to that rainfall, with peak levels reached on Saturday.

Slow declines in levels are now being recorded.

Other tributaries and smaller rivers in the region are also expected to see improving conditions.

On Saturday, Billabong Road and Bridge Maintenance advised that Lawson Road [pictured at right] was closed four kilometres from Telkwa due to washout -- no word on when it would re-open.

The company advised using the Lawson connector via Highway 16 as an alternate route.

And Hislop Road, northeast of Tyhee Lake, is down to single lane at the 3-kilometre mark due to erosion at a cross culvert.

The high water caused some flooding at the Two Mile area of Moricetown on Friday, with water pouring onto the highway -- Band Chief Duane Mitchell says a major contributing factor was a beaver dam upstream, which broke through -- he said seven houses were surrounded by water, which also reduced Highway 16 to single-lane alternating traffic Friday afternoon.

The band office set up a shelter in the gymnasium for people who needed temporary shelter.

 

=== ADVISORY FROM BC RIVER FORECAST CENTRE  (SUN MAY 14) ===

High Streamflow Advisory – Bulkley River (DOWNGRADING)
UPDATE: May 14, 2017 9:30 AM

The River Forecast Centre is downgrading to a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • Bulkley River including small streams and tributaries around Houston, Telkwa, Smithers and surrounding areas

A prolonged rain event has passed through the region over the past two days with rainfall totals observed at fire weather stations and automated snow weather stations has been in the 25-60mm range.
Rivers in the region have been responding to this rainfall, with peak levels reached on Saturday. Current conditions include:

  • Bulkley River at Quick (08EE004) is flowing at 500 m3/s (approximately a 2-year flow). Flows are slowly receding, and expected to continue through Sunday
  • Bulkley River near Smithers (08EE005) is flowing at 810 m3/s (5-year flow) and a level of 4.8m. Peak levels were reached on Saturday, and slow declines in levels are expected through Sunday

Other tributaries and smaller rivers in the region are also expected to see improving conditions through Sunday.


The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will update the advisory as conditions warrant.

 A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
 A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.
 A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.