The Carey Point area of Chilliwack along the Fraser River on May 22. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

More than 100 military troops stationed in Chilliwack on flood watch

As water recedes in the Interior, military departs with a contingent to stay behind in Fraser region

As Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who helped out in the flood-ravaged Interior leave British Columbia, a contingent of 100 troops will remain in Chilliwack on standby.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Emergency Management BC (EMBC) announced Thursday that with the flood situation in many parts of the province beginning to stabilize, B.C. has amended its request for federal assistance to support B.C.’s response to flooding.

This means departures of CAF troops back to their base in Edmonton will be staggered with the troops leaving between May 24 and May 26.

“This staggered approach ensures troops are available should the flood situation worsen,” according to a government press release.

The contingent of more than 100 B.C.-based CAF troops will remain in Chilliwack, available to support flood-response efforts in the Fraser Valley, if needed.

By Thursday, the Fraser River at Mission gauge was at 5.869 metres, a slight drop from the close to six metres it hit on May 20.

• READ MORE: Fraser River at Chilliwack may have peaked but freshet isn’t over

B.C. River Forecast Centre (BCRFC) head David Campbell said this week that given the lack of rain in recent days, it’s possible the Fraser region has “dodged a bullet.”

Two weeks ago Campbell said the forecast was for the river at the Mission gauge to hit 6.5 metres, but that did not happen. Now the forecast is for the continued high water but little chance of an increase.

The key over the next period of time for flooding in the Fraser Valley is whether or not there is rain along with continued warm weather.

As for the military, additional rescue resources from CAF and the Canadian Coast Guard, including watercraft and aircraft, will also remain available to support provincial efforts, if needed.

• READ MORE: Fraser Valley in wait-and-see mode for flood risk from freshet


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The Carey Point area of Chilliwack along the Fraser River on May 22. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

A man walks towards Peg Leg Bar in Chilliwack this week as the Fraser River rises. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

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