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Metro Vancouver Issues Evacuation Alert For Barnston Island Near Surrey

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After an alert was issued for the Township of Langley yesterday, a flood evacuation alert was issued for Barnston Island this morning.

As of Wednesday, May 16th, Metro Vancouver has announced an alert for Barnston Island located between Surrey and Pitt Meadows.

Temperatures in Metro Vancouver were extremely hot this past week. In fact, temperatures on Monday were hotter than Miami and Los Angeles.

What’s more, the warm weather has persisted over the past three weeks. In turn, this leads to a much earlier than normal runoff period for the Fraser River.

Yesterday, water levels at the the Mission Gauge reached 5.5 metres. Flows are expected to continue to rise through the week, with increased rates in rise anticipated over the long weekend.

If the river reaches the projected level of 7.5 metres, an evacuation order will made.

Barston Island Alert

With this in mind, officials specify that the announcement is not an evacuation order. Evacuation Alerts are issued to allow residents and property owners to prepare in the event an Evacuation Order is issued.

Right now, Barnston Island is restricted to residents, businesses and those with a family connection.

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


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