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B.C. River Forecast Centre declares flood warning for Cache Creek and area

This is an affected area in Cache Creek near Quartz Road and Highway 1.
Image Credit: Twitter / Philip Schuberg
April 21, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The flood watch issued for the Cache Creek, Cariboo and Chilcotin yesterday has been upgraded to a flood warning today by the B.C. River Forecast Centre due to quickly rising water levels.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre upgraded the watch to a warning, the highest level of advisory, for much of the Fraser Plateau, including the quickly rising tributary rivers and streams around Williams Lake, Quesnel, Alexis Creek, Anahim Lake and Cache Creek.

The warning lets residents know that the river levels have exceeded the banks or will exceed the banks shortly and that areas near the rivers will be.

One property near Cache Creek has been ordered evacuated and 11 more are on alert as the Cache Creek rises.

The forecast centre says several of the waterways covered by the flood warnings are flowing at rates seen only every 20 years.

Some of flooding is quite visible near the Quartz Road and Highway 1 area of Cache Creek, where one Twitter user shared some snaps of the high water levels taken by Sera Boomer.

The sub-zero temperatures that persisted earlier this month have been replaced by warm days, with Cache Creek seeing maximum temperatures of 24 Celsius, while Williams Lake and Prince George are seeing temperatures between 10 C and 19 C.

Although the weather is going to get milder over the next few days, the B.C. River Forecast Centre expects the above-zero temperatures to continue to add to snowmelt levels.

The centre is advising people to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

Click here to check out other affected areas and stay up-to-date on current advisories.

Image Credit: B.C. River Forecast Centre

— With files from The Canadian Press


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