January 31, 2020 12:34 PM
Friday January 31: City of Maple Ridge Monitoring Flood Risk Due to High Rainfall
The City of Maple Ridge has posted website and social media alerts to warn citizens living along the North and South Alouette River to the risk of flooding due to the high rainfall amounts forecast over the next 36 hours.
BC Hydro are currently doing a controlled release from the Alouette reservoir in the South Alouette River and Stave Lake systems to address the projected rainfall coming into the reservoir.
City staff will be monitoring conditions 24 hours a day until the flood risk ends and issuing updated advisories on the City website at mapleridge.ca.
Citizens who live in proximity to the North or South Alouette river are encouraged to sign up for push notifications to their email or smartphone by clicking on the ‘Stay Connected’ icon on the City homepage at mapleridge.ca. There is a specific ‘Alouette River Urgent Alerts’ notification that pushes the latest updates to people’s emails or mobile device based on their choice setting up the notifications.
The City will also post updates on the City Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/yourmapleridge.
Citizens are advised to look for the latest updates from the BC River Forecast Centre via their website at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/drought-flooding-dikes-dams/river-forecast-centre
The latest weather forecast from Environment Canada can be found at https://weather.gc.ca/forecast/hourly/bc-35_metric_e.html.
Citizens who live along the river are encouraged to review their personal emergency preparedness for flooding. The flow rates for all local streams and rivers is higher than normal and people should use extra caution along watercourses.