No flood threat on weekend in Maple Ridge

Pitt Meadows lifts evacuation alert, still in place for 43 homes on Wharf Street in Maple Ridge

Pitt Meadows  rescinded an evacuation alert for eight properties on Wednesday. As of Thursday

Pitt Meadows rescinded an evacuation alert for eight properties on Wednesday. As of Thursday

An evacuation alert for eight properties in Pitt Meadows has been lifted as the threat of a flood on the lower Fraser River subsides.

“The situation is improving,” said Lorna Jones, with the City of Pitt Meadows, which issued the alerts last week to properties not protected by dikes.

In Maple Ridge, however, the situation remains unchanged.

An evacuation alert for 43 homes on the unprotected section of Wharf Street in Hammond still remains in place – mostly as a precaution.

The Kanaka Creek estuary still has large volumes of water and local rainfall forecasts modest amounts of rain on the weekend.

Water has also receded off 224th Street.

The Haney Wharf remains open to the public, but the boat mooring ramp remains closed due to the high river levels and fast flowing water. Inspections are being conducted daily.

Both municipalities are closely monitoring conditions along the river and weather and are conducting daily dike inspections.

Staff are also reminding residents to be careful near the fast flowing water.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre is maintaining a high stream flow advisory for the lower Fraser and predicting water will rise on the weekend to around 6.4 metres at the Mission gauge after falling slightly this week.

Once the pulse of water has passed, levels are expected to recede towards the end of the weekend and into next week.

Unless additional severe weather – extreme heat or heavy rainfall in the Upper Fraser basin occurs, river levels are expected to drop through the remainder of the freshet season.