Chilliwack, BC – On May 19, 2018, the Fraser Valley Regional District issued an Evacuation Order for the undiked area around Nicomen Island in Electoral Area G. The Order affects 18 households in the area. Members of the RCMP are assisting in the delivery of this order. An Emergency Reception Centre has been established in Mission at Fire Hall No. 1, 33330 7th Avenue.
Electoral Area G is located on the north side of the Fraser River. It is 119 km2 and has a population of 1,776 people. The community includes Nicomen Island, Deroche, Dewdney, Hatzic Island, and Leq’a:mel First Nation.
The FVRD’s emergency response plan is based on water level readings from various flood gauges along the Fraser River. This morning, the Mission Gauge was at 5.9m. The FVRD continues to monitor river levels and are taking precautions to ensure public safety.
Dewdney Regional Park, Eagle Point and Island 22 Regional Park remain closed, including the Equestrian Park, Riverside Trail and the Dog Park. Due to increased water levels in Harrison Lake, boaters are asked to use caution when recreating on the lake and travel at a reduced speed to prevent further erosion of the shoreline.
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 (www.fvrd.ca/EOC) 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.