FVRD Issues Evacuation Order for Harrison Bay
May 16, 2018
On May 16, 2018 at 4 p.m., the Fraser Valley Regional District issued an evacuation order to five properties at Harrison Bay in Electoral Area C. Members of the RCMP assisted in the delivery of this order. The evacuation order is limited to five properties at this time. An Emergency Reception Centre has been established in Mission at Fire Hall No. 1, 33330 7th Avenue.
Electoral Area C is located on the north side of the Fraser River. It is 3,938 km2 and has a population of 1,023 people. The community includes Hemlock Valley, Harrison Mills, Lake Errock, and several First Nations including Douglas, Leq'a:mel, Samahquam, Scowlitz, Skatin and Sts'ailes. Residents of 49 other properties in Electoral Area G have also received flood watch advisories from FVRD staff to help prepare them for potential alerts or orders that may be issued.
The FVRD’s emergency response plan is based on water level readings from the flood gauge in Mission. This plan is activated when the Mission Gauge reaches 6.5m. Today, the Mission Gauge is at 5.7m. FVRD staff continue to monitor river levels and are taking precautions to ensure public safety. Dewdney Regional Park was closed on May 11. Parts of Island 22 Regional Park were closed today, including the Equestrian Park and the Riverside Trail.
Residents should be prepared in case of any emergency and have a Grab ‘n Go emergency kit ready. Kits should contain supplies of food, water, medications, toiletries, clothing, and important documents. Residents may want to consider moving valuable items to upper floors of their homes.
The FVRD’s web site will provide the most up-to-date information available, as the 2018 freshet continues. Residents are encouraged to follow the FVRD’s social media channels including Facebook (MyFVRD) and Twitter (FVRD1).
For current river conditions, please visit the provincial River Forecast Centre.