The annual spring freshet on the Fraser River is not expected to cause any localized flooding this year.
Snow survey results from March 1 made it clear that snowpack levels are normal or slightly above normal in the Chilliwack area, and throughout most of the province.
“We are always concerned about the risk of flooding in Chilliwack,” said Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz. “City officials are constantly monitoring the indicators and believe that the conditions do not pose a significant risk for flooding during the 2011 Fraser River Spring Freshet.”
Tests show about 80 per cent of the annual peak snowpack in place.
The Lower Fraser snowpack which includes the Chilliwack River Valley is at 120 per cent, however significant freshet flows are generated primarily from the Upper Fraser, Nechako and Thompson watersheds, which are all near historic norms.
More information about the Fraser River freshet can be found at the City of Chilliwack website: www.chilliwack.com/freshet