Mission Gauge Hits 6 Meters – And Counting

Mission – MAY 20 UPDATE – As of 10 AM , Sunday May 20, the water level is currently approaching 6.0m at Mission gauge, with the potential to rise to 6.4m in next 48 hours. Review your plans and stay safe. For info and resources – click here.

MAY 18 ORIGINAL STORY – On Friday morning, the District of Mission took to social media to state: Water level currently approaching 5.9m at Mission gauge, expected to rise to over 6m in next 24 hours.

As of 9:30 AM , their website posted:

The water level at the Mission gauge is approximately 5.89 meters. There is no immediate risk of flooding however water is running quickly and there is considerable debris in the Fraser.

Should the weather patterns continue, current predictions indicate that we could experience water levels above 6.0 meters in the next 24 hours and reach up to 6.6 meters sometime between Sunday, May 20th and Tuesday, May 22nd.

District staff are currently performing routine dike assessments and inspections, dike maintenance, and other flood preparedness activities.  See the flood preparedness plan linked below for activities performed as levels reach certain thresholds.

Courtesy District of Mission

The provincial government’s River Forecast Center has issued a high streamflow advisory for the Fraser River, and we anticipate a risk of flooding in low-lying areas that are not protected by dikes.

View the Province of BC’s River Forecast Centre Website for the latest reports & forecasts

Warmer than normal temperatures across BC has led to a much faster, and earlier runoff for the Fraser River. Many gauges, including Mission’s, are above their historic flows for this early in the freshet season.

Continued warmer than normal weather and ongoing accelerated snowmelt will lead to ongoing rapid rises on the Fraser River throughout the next 5 days.

It is important that you are prepared for potential flooding.

  • Know your risks & have an emergency plan
  • Talk to neighbours & your insurance broker
  • Monitor water levels & be prepared to act

2 Comments on "Mission Gauge Hits 6 Meters – And Counting"

  1. When you read or see the news it sounds like the valley is overtaken by the Fraser flood, which when you’re swamped you would think so. It starts here – https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/real_time_e.html?stn=08MF005 and down stream looks like this – https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/real_time_e.html?stn=08MH024

    • Thanks Rudy,
      The upside this year, and knock on wood, is that this isn’t Chicken Little. But it will make for a long weekend in more ways than one. Take Care

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