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. When the FVRD activates its EOC, this page will serve as a key source of information. 

July 3, 2020

We are continuing to work closely with the Province and other neighbouring jurisdictions to monitor freshet conditions including monitoring gauges and river forecasts and conducting dike patrols.

The Fraser River at Mission reached its highest level of the season at 5.91 m on the morning of Monday, June 29. Flows and water levels are beginning to recede; however, heavy rainfall in the Fraser River headwaters is leading to an overall rise of the Fraser River throughout the weekend with peaks expected on Monday or Tuesday next week. The Mission gauge is at 5.63 m as of 11:04 am today.

Properties outside of the dike system may be impacted if water flows over the bank. We have notified residents living on properties outside the dike system to prepare for potential floods and 20 properties in Electoral Area C and 18 properties in Electoral Area G remain on alert. Properties within the dike system are not expected to be heavily impacted.

Please use extra caution around creeks and rivers as the water is high and fast-moving. We advise you to keep your distance from potentially unstable river banks and strongly discourage recreation activities on the riverside and the dike at this time. The riverside trail and off-leash dog park at Island 22 Regional Park are closed to due high water. Dewdney Regional Park is also closed due to high water.

We recommend coming up with an emergency plan if you do not already have one in place. Visit the PreparedBC website for helpful tips about flood preparedness.

Residents currently under evacuation alert and those living in high-risk undiked areas of the Fraser River can obtain sandbags and assistance by calling the EOC at 604-798-5369.  

July 1, 2020

The Mission gauge measured 5.706 m this morning; however, another heavy and basin-wide rainfall event has been forecasted. This storm event has the potential to significantly increase flows for the Lower Fraser. Residents currently under evacuation alert and those living in high-risk undiked areas of the Fraser River can obtain sandbags and assistance by calling 604-798-5369.  

June 30, 2020

Residents living near the Fraser River, especially in high-risk undiked areas, are advised to be on alert for flooding. All citizens should use extreme caution near waterways and unstable ground.

Environment Canada has predicted heavy rainfall in eastern parts of the Province, which could affect the Fraser River headwaters. Both Environment Canada and the BC River Forecast Centre are issuing warnings that water levels may rise beyond historic peaks recorded in 1972.

To report flooding please call the EOC at 604-798-5369.

June 27, 2020

The dog park at Island 22 Regional Park has been closed until further notice.

EOC staff are continuing to monitor areas around the Fraser River. At 6 am this morning, the Mission gauge was at 5.72 m. Park users visiting Island 22 Regional Park should be advised that the trail along the river has been closed. EOC staff are available for assistance over the weekend and can be reached at 604-798-5369.

June 26, 2020

We are continuing to monitor the Fraser River levels through our Emergency Operations Centre. Field assessment teams continue visiting and reporting on high-risk undiked areas in our Electoral Areas. Evacuation Alerts remain in effect for 20 properties in Electoral Area C and 18 properties in Electoral Area G

Anyone needing assistance can call the EOC Public Inquiry Line at 604-798-5369

Today at 12:30 pm the BC River Forecast Centre issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Fraser River. A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
 
Recent warm weather followed by moderate to heavy precipitation in the headwaters of the Fraser River on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in significant increases in upstream tributaries. Harrison Lake has been increasing substantially over the past week, contributing additional flow to the Lower Fraser Valley. The Fraser River at Mission water level is at 5.65 m as of Friday morning, the highest water level of 2020 so far. 
 
There is little expectation for the Lower Fraser River to reach substantial flood levels (gauge level at Mission > 6.4 m). However, since the river is flowing at the highest level recorded this season thus far, it is vulnerable to any heavy basin-wide rainfall event over the next two weeks.
 
The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

June 25, 2020

At 10:00 am this morning, the FVRD issued an Evacuation Alert for lands not protected by dikes in Electoral Area C, including 20 units in Tapadera Estates at 14600 Morris Valley Road, 9 properties at Beach Camp Road, and all units at Harrison Bay Resort and RV Park located at 44562 Lougheed Highway. This is an alert only.

At 10:00 am this morning, the FVRD issued an Evacuation Alert for lands not protected by dikes surrounding Nicomen Island and North Nicomen and Taylor Road in Electoral Area G. This Alert affects 18 properties. This is an alert only.

Alerts will be hand delivered door-to-door by FVRD staff throughout the day. Anyone needing assistance can call the EOC Public Inquiry Line at 604-798-5369

The Mission gauge is at 5.52 metres as of 10:18 am this morning. 

June 23, 2020

Our EOC is once again actively monitoring rivers and creeks across the region as water levels are forecasted to rise steadily this weekend and into next week. The Mission gauge is at 4.979 metres as of 8:00 am this morning. For current river conditions, please visit the provincial River Forecast Centre website.

We will continue to monitor conditions and will issue further notifications, Alerts, and/or Orders as necessary. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact us at 604-702-5000 or emergencyinfo@fvrd.ca.

What you should do now:

  • All citizens 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 the upper floor(s) of your home. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a flood by visiting preparedbc.ca/floods

June 11, 2020

Our Emergency Operations Centre is no longer active for the Fraser River Freshet. The Mission gauge is at 4.586m as of 8:00 am this morning.  

We will continue to monitor the Fraser River freshet but levels are currently under our EOC activation levels. 

June 8, 2020

The Fraser River hit peak water levels over the weekend and has begun to slowly recede. The Provincial River Forecast Centre is predicting the river levels will continue to recede and we have determined that the potential for flooding is low.The Evacuation Alert for 20 properties in Electoral Area C has been rescinded [PDF - 371 KB] at 8:45 am today. The Evacuation Alert for 18 properties in Electoral Area G has also been rescinded [PDF - 677 KB] at 8:45 am today. Our EOC will continue to actively monitor the river levels until they drop further. 

Please continue to use extreme caution near river banks as water has strong flowing, swift currents. Residents who need assistance or have questions related to flooding/freshet can call the EOC Public Inquiry Line at 604-798-5369. 

June 4, 2020

We are continuing to monitor the Fraser River levels through our Emergency Operations Centre. Field assessment teams continue visiting and reporting on high-risk undiked areas in our Electoral Areas. Evacuation Alerts remain in effect for 20 properties in Electoral Area C and 18 properties in Electoral Area G

Fraser River levels are expected to peak sometime between today and Saturday. The Provincial River Forecast Centre is predicting the river levels will recede after Saturday. The Mission Gauge is at 5.25m as of Thursday, June 4 and is expected to rise to 5.6m by Saturday, June 6.

During the 2018 Freshet, the Mission Gauge peaked at 5.96m on May 20, 2018. During the 2012 Freshet, the Mission Gauge peaked at 6.32m on June 23, 2012.

June 1, 2020

At 11:00 am this morning, the FVRD issued an Evacuation Alert - Area C [PDF - 427 KB] for lands not protected by dikes in Electoral Area C, including 20 properties in Tapadera Estates at 14600 Morris Valley Road, 9 properties at Beach Camp Road, and all units at Harrison Bay Resort and RV Park located at 44562 Lougheed Highway. This is an alert only.

At 11:00 am this morning, the FVRD issued an Evacuation Alert - Area G [PDF - 316 KB] for lands not protected by dikes surrounding Nicomen Island and North Nicomen and Taylor Road in Electoral Area G. This Alert affects 18 properties. This is an alert only.

Alerts will be hand delivered door-to-door by FVRD staff throughout the day. Anyone needing assistance can call the EOC Public Inquiry Line at 604-798-5369

May 27, 2020

Freshet Watch: Fraser River Flood Preparedness 

With warm spring temperatures and rain in the forecast, the 2020 freshet is causing rapid changes to the Fraser River. 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 5.5m.

The FVRD’s EOC website, fvrd.ca/EOC, will provide the most up-to-date information available, as the 2020 freshet continues. Residents are also encouraged to follow the FVRD’s social media channels including Facebook and Twitter for updates. Additionally, the FVRD uses Alertable, a free public alerting app, which can be installed on your mobile devices.

If an Evacuation Alert or Order is issued for electoral areas within the FVRD, they will be hand delivered door-to-door. Alerts and Orders will also be posted on the EOC website, FVRD social media channels, and sent out using the Alertable App.

For current river conditions, please visit the provincial River Forecast Centre website.

We will continue to monitor conditions and will issue further notifications, Alerts, and/or Orders as necessary. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact us at 604-702-5000 or emergencyinfo@fvrd.ca.

What you should do now:

  • All citizens 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 the upper floor(s) of your home.
  • Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a flood by visiting preparedbc.ca/floods