Metro Van issues evacuation alert for Barnston Island

Ceria Alfonso
May 17, 2018

The evacuation alert is a precautionary measure - Barnston Island residents are not required to leave at this time, but are advised to prepare for the possibility of an evacuation order.

While the alert is in effect, access to the island is restricted to residents, family members and business operators.

Staff members are monitoring the rising river, patrolling dikes and using sandbags where needed, Metro Vancouver said. Residences on Farrell Street could start to flood when the river reaches about 9.4 metres.

A high streamflow advisory is still in place for the Fraser River, which was measured at 5.7 metres in Mission on Wednesday.

Residents whose properties fall under an evacuation alert do not need to leave, but are asked to gather essential items including medications, eyeglasses, valuable documents, immediate care needs and pets, and be ready to leave on short notice.

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Ramin Seifi, the general manager of engineering for the Langley Township, said water levels in the Fraser River are expected to rise until May 22. Others nearby were put on alert.

Elsewhere in B.C., residents in many communities are bracing for more flooding as the warm weather and rapid snow melt continue.

More than 1,500 properties in the southern Interior city of Grand Forks remain on evacuation order as a second round of flooding is imminent, compounded with a forecast of rain or thunderstorms beginning Wednesday.

Officials are keeping a close eye on the level of the Fraser River along its length from Prince George southward and the River Forecast Centre says there is the potential for flooding this weekend in the Prince George and Quesnel areas.

The town of Princeton has issued an evacuation alert for some properties along the Similkameen and Tulameen rivers.

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