Flood watch issued for Vancouver Island

Areas coloured orange are currently under a flood watch. || River Forecast Centre image
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The province’s River Forecast Centre has issued a flood watch for all regions of Vancouver Island.

The third in a series of atmospheric rivers is expected to impact coastal B.C. beginning tonight (Nov. 29). This weather event is forecast to bring heavy rainfall across the region for the next few days, according to the province. 

Environment and Climate Change Canada have warned of of 100- 200 mm of rain for exposed areas on Vancouver Island. Temperatures are expected to warm and could cause additional runoff from snowmelt at low and mid elevations.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) issued a release this weekend to warn residents in low-lying areas to take precautions.

“Consider making arrangements to stay with friends and family before flooding occurs. Stay away from river and stream banks as fast-moving water conditions are very dangerous,” the release reads.

A flood watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur, according to the River Forecast Centre.

Rivers are expected to experience a brief period of easing river levels today (Nov. 29) prior to the onset of the next round of rainfall. River levels are expected to see rapid rises on Nov. 30 and through Dec. 1, according to the province.

Flood risks will persist on Vancouver Island, including northern and western regions that are expected to experience the heaviest rainfall rates.

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