Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
In an emergency, the FVRD may activate the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). An EOC is mission control, where staff and other team members work together to carry out the emergency response. This safe location is equipped with all of the technology needed to communicate with staff, response teams, and the community. When the FVRD activates its EOC, this page will serve as a key source of information. Daily updates will be posted after the EOC's 9 a.m. briefing meeting.
Our EOC is currently on stand down.
June 4, 2018
All Evacuation Alerts have been lifted. The Mission Gauge is less than 4.4m today and the ongoing forecast is good. Staff are working on repairs and clean up at Island 22 Regional Park and Dewdney Regional Park. Stay tuned to the News section of our web site for reopening details.
May 31, 2018
The FVRD's State of Local Emergency expires today. The Mission Gauge is below 5.4m and the 10-day forecast is showing continued favourable conditions. At 1:30 p.m., the FVRD rescinded the Evacuation Orders for Harrison Bay in Electoral Area C and the undiked areas around Nicomen Island in Electoral Area G. Both of these areas remain on Evacuation Alert. Dewdney Regional Park and Island 22 Regional Park remain closed as many areas are still underwater. It is expected that once waters fully recede, repairs will be necessary before the parks can be reopened.
May 23, 2018
All Alerts and Orders remain in effect. Dewdney Regional Park and Island 22 Regional Park remain closed until further notice. There will be no additional daily updates unless there is a change in the current situation.
May 22, 2018
River levels appear to be steady, just below 5.9m at the Mission Gauge and a flow rate of 11,600 m3/s. Our Logistics Section Chief tells us that this is nearly the same amount of water as five Olympic sized swimming pools, flowing down the Fraser every second! All Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in effect until further notice. Our Emergency Operations Centre continues to be activated to Level I, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dewdney Regional Park and Island 22 Regional Park remain closed. Residents are reminded to continue to be cautious around the Fraser River and other tributaries. Banks are full, erosion has occurred, and conditions continue to be dangerous. Please keep children and pets away.
The FVRD received an extension of the declared State of Local Emergency [PDF - 90 KB] for another seven days, expiring on May 31, 2018.
May 21, 2018
FVRD staff continue to monitor flood conditions along the Fraser, especially in those areas already under Evacuation Alert or Order. Our Emergency Operations Centre remains at Level I and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The BC River Forecast Centre predicts that the Fraser River will remain at a high level over the next seven days. Experts continue to monitor for a second peak flow, which will be very dependent on weather conditions.
May 20, 2018
This morning, the FVRD issued an Evacuation Alert for properties in Tapadera Estates, River Reach and Eagle Point along Morris Valley Road in Harrison Mills, Electoral Area C. The Alert affects 428 properties. This is an alert only.
The Mission Gauge was at 5.96m as of 11am this morning.
May 19, 2018
At 9 a.m. this morning, the FVRD issued an Evacuation Order [PDF - 946 KB] for the undiked lands around Nicomen Island in Electoral Area "G". The Order affects 18 households. Mission RCMP are assisting the FVRD in delivering this order. An Emergency Reception Centre has been set up at Mission Fire Hall No. 1 (33330 7th Avenue, Mission, BC) for affected residents. The Reception Centre is open until 3 p.m. Anyone needing assistance can call 604-702-5011 or 604-702-5042.
This morning the Mission Gauge was at 5.9m.
May 18, 2018
This morning the Mission Gauge is at 5.82m. Provincial authorities still anticipate the Fraser will peak between Monday and Tuesday. The FVRD's EOC is open between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm today for any residents who have questions.
May 17, 2018
The Emergency Reception Centre for residents affected by the Evacuation Order is open today from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Mission Fire Hall No. 1, 33330 7th Avenue, Mission BC). FVRD staff continue to work with the Province and local authorities as we monitor conditions of the Fraser River. Today, the Mission Gauge reading is 5.75m. Experts predict the Mission Gauge will reach 6.72m by Monday, May 21. The FVRD's Emergency Operations Centre can be reached from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm at 604-702-5011 or 604-702-5042.
FVRD staff issued two evacuation alerts today. One alert is for the undiked areas of Nicomen Island. The second alert is for North Nicomen Road and Taylor Road. Both of these areas are in Electoral Area G.
May 16, 2018 (Updated)
At 4 p.m. this afternoon, the FVRD issued an Evacuation Order [PDF - 616 KB] for five properties in Electoral Area C. Mission RCMP assisted the FVRD in delivering this order. An Emergency Reception Centre has been set up at Mission Fire Hall No. 1 (33330 7th Avenue, Mission, BC) for affected residents. Anyone needing assistance can call 604-702-5011 or 604-702-5042.
The Mission Gauge is at 5.7m this morning. FVRD staff have issued a flood watch advisory [PDF - 43 KB] to:
a) properties in the Nicomen Island and Harrison Bay areas that are not protected by a dike; and,
b) properties that are partly protected by the North Nicomen Dike. Rising water levels may flood low-lying areas not protected by dikes.
This is only an advisory. No Alerts or Orders have been issued for these properties.
FVRD Parks staff are also closing parts of Island 22 Regional Park (Equestrian Park and Riverside Trail) due to high water. Eagle Point Community Park in Electoral Area C has also been closed. Once waters have receded, these areas will reopen when it is safe to do so.
May 15, 2018
Today, the Fraser River measured 5.5m at the Mission Gauge. FVRD staff are working with residents on the north side of the Fraser, especially properties located in unprotected areas of the dike.
May 14, 2018
The Mission Gauge is at 5.3m. The BC River Forecast Centre is predicting levels to reach 6.5m by the weekend. In 2012, the Mission Gauge reached 6.4m. Many remember the flooding that occured in the Fraser Valley in 1972. The Mission Gauge reached 7.1 during the 1972 event.
May 11, 2018
Freshet Watch: Warm Weather Raises Risk of Fraser River Flooding
With record spring temperatures throughout much of British Columbia, we are seeing rapid changes to the Fraser River. At many spots along the Fraser, river levels and flows are well above normal. The Province of British Columbia is closely monitoring conditions and the FVRD has activated its Emergency Operations Centre to a Level 1, which is a monitoring phase. The FVRD's emergency plan has not yet been activated. Many local governments use the flood gauge at Mission (known as the Mission Gauge) as a guideline for flood planning and response. The FVRD's emergency operations plan is activated when the Mission Gauge reaches 6.5m.
If an Evacuation Alert or Order is issued, they will be hand delivered door-to-door. Alerts and Orders will also be posted on the FVRD web site and announced in the media. Tune in to radio stations STAR FM (98.3 FM/100.5 FM) or 89.5 The Drive (89.5 FM).
What you should do now:
- All residents should use extreme caution near watercourses, especially the banks of the Fraser River.
- Be prepared in case of an emergency. Make sure your family has an emergency kit ready with basic supplies such as food, water, medications, toiletries, and personal papers (i.e. insurance, emergency contacts, identification).
- If your property is outside of dike protection, consider moving valuable items to upper floors of your home.
- Stay connected for up to date information.
- Visit the FVRD web site www.fvrd.ca
- Follow our social media channels: Facebook (www.facebook.com/MyFVRD) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/FVRD1)
- For information on river levels, visit the provincial River Forecast Centre’s web site at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/drought-flooding-dikes-dams/river-forecast-centre
May 10, 2018
FVRD staff have announced that Dewdney Regional Park will be closed as of tomorrow. The park will reopen once conditions on the Fraser River have improved and it is safe for park users to return to the area.