Canada Day rains bring floods, evacuation alerts

The Fort St. John and Dawson Creek regions have seen up to 50mm of rain in the last 24 hours, according to Environment Canada.

According to preliminary totals, Dawson Creek and the South Peace has seen between 40 to 50mm, which has caused extreme flooding and evacuation alerts. Dawson Creek road closures include the 17 Street North and South crossings, and 108 Avenue. Click here to read more.

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Fort St. John and the North Peace has seen between 30 to 40mm of rain.

Weather stations between Fort St. John and Fort Nelson have recorded up to 80mm, while stations near Hudson’s Hope and Graham have recorded between 40 to 54mm.

The unsettled storm system is expected to drop another 30mm today, and at least 10mm on Friday. Thunderstorm potential remains throughout the region up to the Yukon border, which could also bring hail.

"Unfortunately we’re not out of the woods yet," said meteorologist Bobby Sekhon. 

The low-pressure system is moving north through Alberta and wrapping moisture back into the B.C. Peace, Sekhon said.

“This is the third time we’ve seen this weather pattern this year already,” Sekhon said.

“The ground is already pretty saturated … It’s been a tough go.”

July is the wettest month of the year in Fort St. John, seeing an average 75mm of precipitation.

The city sees an average of 66mm in June, and rainfall amounts there and throughout northeast B.C. last month were between 125% to 135% of normal, Sekhon said.

Wet weather patterns are expected to continue.

“We’re not seeing any significant drying period at this point,” Sekhon said.

“We do see more precipitation coming in the next week or two — how heavy that will be will depend closer to the timeframe."

The following roads have been impacted by the rainfall, according to Argo Road Maintenance:

  • BCHwy52 is flooded south of 200 Rd.

  • BCHwy52 is SINGLE LANE, ALTERNATING between Brassey Rd. + Bearhole Lake Rd. due to a washout.

  • BCHwy2 is flooded 300m west of the BC/Alberta border.

  • BCHwy97 is flooded between 261 Rd. + Braden Rd.

  • BCHwy52N by Fellers Heights. Crews have marked the area and are working to divert water. The road is currently open, but the public is advised to use extreme caution, if you must travel through.

  • The Dangerous Goods Route. Crews have removed the culverts and diverted water. The road is now OPEN. Please drive with care.

  • Semple/Mason Rd. is CLOSED between BCHwy97S and 212 Rd.

  • 255 Shaffer Rd. is CLOSED.

  • 202 Nelson Rd. is is single-lane alternating.

Crews are currently patrolling, marking flooded areas, and diverting water where possible.

The rain has stopped and water levels are decreasing, however, drivers are reminded to drive with care, and watch for flooded and eroded roads, especially on side roads.

Sandbags are available for PRRD Residents at several locations around the Peace Region to help prevent flooding on their properties.

  • Moberly Lake Fire Hall

  • Yips Subdivision

  • Compass Services

  • Iver Johnson Community Park

  • Tomslake Fire Hall

  • Tupper Hall

  • Halfway Graham Community Hall

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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