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No flooding fears from Fraser

The city of New Westminster is keeping the sandbags in storage. For now.

A report on the Fraser River freshet presented to council on Monday said low snow packs in the South Coast, Central Coast and Lower Fraser will likely mean below normal runoff as it melts. As long as it doesn't get too hot too quickly, or rain a lot.

That means city staff will keep an eye on snow pack reports issued by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. They've also inspected dikes to identify potential areas where they might have to be repaired or bolstered.

If the Fraser River hits a height of 6 metres at the MIssion gauge, crews will begin weekly patrols of the city's dikes. If it hits 6.5 metres, then the patrols increase to daily and if the water rises to 7 metres, the dikes are monitored around the clock. As of May 20 the river was running at 4.3 metres at the Mission gauge.

"At this time, there is low potential for a significant Fraser River freshet flood event in 2014," said the report.

In 2012 the Fraser rose high enough to cause the city to place sandbags in key locations along the waterfront in case they needed to be deployed quickly.

And while that never happened, the city did update its freshet preparation and high water response plans.

 

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