One neighbourhood in Maple Ridge and eight homes in Pitt Meadows remain on evacuation alert today as the flood threat on the lower Fraser River has yet to subside.
The B.C. River Forecast Centre is maintaining a high stream-flow advisory for the river’s lower reaches as the main pulse of water from last week’s rainfall has now worked its way downstream.
The District of Maple Ridge and City of Pitt Meadows are closely monitoring conditions along the river and weather and are conducting daily dike inspections.
Both municipalities have activated their emergency operations centres, which will remain active until rivers have receded to safe levels.
“We asking people to use extreme caution around water sources and obey cautionary signage and emergency personnel,” said Lorna Jones with the City of Pitt Meadows.
Eight homes outside Pitt Meadows dike protection system were issued evacuation alerts.
In Maple Ridge, 43 homes on the unprotected section of Wharf Street in Hammond were put on an “evacuation alert” Friday, which still remains in place.
A townhouse complex on Kanaka Street was sandbagged as a precaution because an intense thunderstorm Saturday evening raised the level of the Kanaka Creek estuary.
The Haney Wharf remains open to the public, however the boat mooring ramp remains closed due to the high river levels and fast flowing water. Inspections are being conducted daily.
“Water levels on the Fraser River and tributaries remain very high and water flows are fast,” said Fred Armstrong with the District of Maple Ridge.
“We also recommend that people stay off the Fraser River for recreation purposes. If you need to be on the river for work, please ensure that you are wearing appropriate safety equipment and use extreme caution.”
• The District of Maple Ridge will be updating information on its website under “Flood Watch on the Fraser.” Also follow them on Twitter @yourmapleridge and #FraserMR. The sandbagging depot remains open at Albion Flats Landscaping Supply and will remain open 24 hours a day until further notice. The depot is located at Albion Flats Landscape Supply, 23549 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge. Phone : 604-477-1971
• The City of Pitt Meadows has up-to-date information on its website and via its emergency operations phone line at 604-465-2475.