B.C.’s River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the south coast region, which includes Metro Vancouver and the North Shore.
Rivers are expected to rise rapidly in response to yesterday’s heavy rainfall with larger rivers expected to reach peak levels later today or into Friday, according to the forecast centre, which adds there’s a potential for minor flooding.
North Shore Emergency Management is advising the public to stay clear of local rivers due to quickly flowing water and potentially unstable riverbanks.
District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services tweeted a warning showing a video taken this morning of a fast-moving stream and high water levels at lower Lynn Creek.
“Please stay safe and avoid all areas near our rivers and streams!” the fire department tweeted.
High Streamflow advisory for the North Shore! All North Shore rivers and streams are currently extremely high and very dangerous.— DNV Fire Rescue Services (@DNVFRS) September 24, 2020
Please stay safe and avoid all areas near our rivers and streams! This video was taken this morning at lower Lynn Creek. @BCAdvSmart#NorthVan pic.twitter.com/sKSTCLxZ7f
Additional storm cycles this weekend could cause more high streamflows, according to the River Forecast Centre.
North Shore Emergency Management has more preparedness tips for staying safe during periods of heavy rainfall or flooding on its website.