Flood watch issued for Metro Vancouver
Residents of Metro Vancouver, the North Shore mountains, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast are being urged to stay away from fast-flowing rivers.
Residents of Metro Vancouver, the North Shore Mountains, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast are being urged to watch out for flooding as B.C.’s South Coast is drenched with heavy rain this weekend.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 75 to 150 millimetres of rainfall for most areas over the two‐day period.
Heavier rainfall amounts are expected over higher terrain, with the potential for 150 to 250 millimetres.
The federal weather agency has also warned that temperatures are expected to rise, with freezing levels forecast to peak around 2,500 metres. That means the snow melt will contribute to additional runoff in rivers.
Rivers are expected to rise rapidly on Friday and into Saturday because of the rain storm, with peak flows expected on Saturday, the centre said. Larger rivers, including the Squamish River, will likely experience peak flows on Sunday.
The centre is urging people to stay clear of the fast‐flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during this time.