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River Forecast Centre

ENDED: High Streamflow Advisory Central Vancouver Island and Southern Vancouver Island
ISSUED: 10:30AM February 10, 2020

The River Forecast Centre is ending the High Streamflow Advisory for:
  • Central Vancouver Island (Ash River, Sproat River, Somass River)
  • Southern Vancouver Island (Cowichan River)

Heavy rainfall fell over Vancouver Island on Friday, January 31. Rivers influenced by lakes receded slowly from rapid peaks over the following week. Flows on the Cowichan River, Ash River, Sproat River and Somass River have returned to seasonal normal levels.


The River Forecast Centre is issuing an update:
Issued: : 8:00 AM February 3, 2020

High Streamflow Advisory (Downgraded) Vancouver Island (Central & South)

ENDED Flood Warning Western Vancouver Island

ENDED Flood Watch Eastern Vancouver Island

ENDED High Streamflow Advisory Northern Vancouver Island

Very heavy rainfall fell over Vancouver Island on Friday due to an atmospheric river and most rivers peaked late Friday and early Saturday morning. Most rivers have returned to normal levels, except for rivers influenced by lakes. The Cowichan River, Ash River, Sproat River and Somass River have been downgraded to High Streamflow Advisory. There are no expectations for these rivers to increase over the next few days. However, the flows are receding slowly and are still considerably high relative to normal February levels.


The River Forecast Centre is issuing a Flood Watch for Central Vancouver Island:
Issued: 1:00 PM February 1, 2020

Flood Watch - Central Vancouver Island including Port Alberni

The River Forecast Centre is downgrading to a High Streamflow Advisory for:
  • Central Vancouver Island (Ash River, Sproat River, Somass River)
  • Southern Vancouver Island (Cowichan River)

The River Forecast Centre is ending to a Flood Warning for:
  • Western Vancouver Island

The River Forecast Centre is ending to a Flood Watch for:
  • Eastern Vancouver Island

The River Forecast Centre is ending a High Streamflow Advisory for:
  • Northern Vancouver Island


Upgraded: Flood Watch - West and South Vancouver Island
Issued: 11:15 PM January 31, 2020

The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for Eastern Vancouver Island
An atmospheric river is causing heavy precipitation for Vancouver Island.
The weather station at Effingham has recorded nearly 200mm of rain on Friday, following the 50mm of rain that fell on Thursday.
Rivers in Western Vancouver Island and Southern Vancouver Island have risen dramatically Friday evening. These include:

  • Tofino Creek near the Mouth (08HB006) peaked above a 10-year flow at 300 m3/s at 9pm.
  • Sarita River near Bamfield (08HB014) is currently above a 2-year flow and still rising.
  • San Juan River near Port Renfrew(08HA010) is currently above a 5-yr flow and still rising.
  • Renfrew Creek near Port Renfrew (08HA069) peaked above a 20 year flow at 122 m3/s at 5pm.
  • Koksilah River at Cowichan Station (08HA003) is currently near a 2-year flow and still rising.
  • Cowichan River near Duncan (08HA011) is currently near a 5-year flow and still rising.
  • Chemainus River near Westholme (08HA001) is currently above a 5-year flow and still rising.

Additionally, Eastern Vancouver Island has been added to the High Streamflow Advisory. Most notably the English River near Parksville is currently rising quickly and nearing a 2-year flow. .

Rivers are expected to peak early Saturday morning as the rainfall ends.

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-river-level period.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.


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