ENDED: Flood Watch: Nechako and Nautley Rivers. Updated June 24, 1:00PM

The BC River Forecast Centre is ending the Flood Watch for:

  • Nautley River near Fort Fraser
  • Nechako River at Vanderhoof
  • Nechako River at Isle Pierre and downstream to the confluence with the Fraser River

Natural flows on tributaries to the Nechako River have dropped substantially this week due to dry conditions and little input from snow melt. Flows on the Stellako River at Glenannan (08JB002) are currently 78 m3/s (gauge water level of 2.7 m) and flows on the Nautley River near Fort Fraser (08JB003) are currently 153 m3/s (gauge water is 2.44 m).

Discharge from the Nechako Reservoir is currently 320 m3/s. The Nechako River below Cheslatta Falls (08JA017) is currently at 402 m3/s. The Nechako River at Vanderhoof (08JC001) has dropped approximately 35 cm this week and is currently flowing at 577 m3/s (gauge water level is 4.94 m). Water levels are expected to continue to drop through this week and flows are expected to be below 500 m3/s by Monday.

The weather forecast indicates mostly dry conditions over the next week with potential for light, isolated rain events. Snow pillows within the Nechako basin are reporting no remaining snow pack.

Flows on the Nautley River, Stellako River, and at Francois Lake are expected to continue to drop.

The Stuart River near Fort St. James (08JE001) is currently at 354 m3/s (gauge water level is 2.94 m) and will continue to slowly drop.

Flows on the Nechako River at Isle Pierre (WSC 08JC002) are at 964 m3/s (gauge water level is 4.8 m) and flows will continue to steadily drop.

Despite receding water levels in the basin, local residents are reminded to stay clear of streams until after water levels reach typical summer-time flow conditions due to highly saturated and unstable riverbank conditions and swiftly flowing water.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions in the Nechako basin.