January 31, 2020 4:04 PM
Weather and River Update Friday Afternoon January 31 at 4:00 pm.
A rainfall warning remains in effect from Environment Canada. Rainfall amounts have resulted in localized flooding along 224 Street north of 132 Avenue and large volumes of water along 132 Avenue between 216 Street and 224 Street. City staff are monitoring the road conditions and recommend that people who use this route as part of their commute divert to other routes for the duration of this rain event. Roads may be closed on sudden notice and we ask that people respect the barricades and cooperate with traffic flaggers on site.
There is a risk of flooding along both the North and South Alouette River as this weather system moves through the region over the next 24 hours. The highest rainfalls are expected over the next 12 hours, and river levels could rise quickly along all of the watercourses in the community.
BC Hydro are currently doing a controlled release from the Alouette reservoir in the South Alouette River and Stave Lake systems to address the projected rainfall coming into the reservoir.
City staff are monitoring conditions closely over the next 24 hours and issuing updated advisories on the City website at mapleridge.ca as new information becomes available.
Citizens who live in proximity to the North or South Alouette river are encouraged to sign up for push notifications to their email or smartphone by clicking on the ‘Stay Connected’ icon on the City homepage at mapleridge.ca. There is a specific ‘Alouette River Urgent Alerts’ notification that pushes the latest updates to people’s emails or mobile device based on their choice setting up the notifications.
Citizens who live along the river are encouraged to review their personal emergency preparedness for flooding. The flow rates for all local streams and rivers is extremely high and people should use extra caution along watercourses.
The City will also post updates on the City Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/yourmapleridge .
Citizens are advised to look for the latest updates from the BC River Forecast Centre via their website at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/drought-flooding-dikes-dams/river-forecast-centre
The latest weather forecast from Environment Canada can be found at https://weather.gc.ca/forecast/hourly/bc-35_metric_e.html