ENDED: Flood Watch: North & West Vancouver Island. January 4, 2020.

The River Forecast Centre is ending the Flood Watch for:

  • North Vancouver Island including Port Alice, the Zeballos River, Pugh Creek, San Josef River, Simpson Creek and surrounding areas,
  • West Vancouver Island including Tofino, the Sarita River, Carnation Creek and surrounding areas.

Heavy rainfall over the region since Thursday has now eased. Rivers have reached peak levels from this event, and are now receding. In some large rivers, like the Kingcome River, flows remain high, and are expected to slowly drop throughout the day on Saturday. No significant additional rises in river levels are expected.

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and provides updates as conditions warrant.

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bank-full.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.

A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bank-full or will exceed bank-full imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.