The Somass River is swollen by rain in this November 2017 file photo. The River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for rivers across Vancouver Island.

High streamflow advisory in effect across the Island

River Forecast Centre issues advisory as Pacific storms batter the coast

A high streamflow advisory remains in effect as stormy weather causes rivers to swell across the Island.

The advisory was issued by the provincial River Forecast Centre on Wednesday and again on Thursday afternoon.

On eastern Vancouver Island, it applies to tributaries around Campbell River, Courtenay, Parksville, Nanaimo and surrounding areas.

On the South Island, it includes the Chemainus and Cowichan rivers and surrounding tributaries.

On the western part of the Island, it applies to tributaries around Gold River, Zeballos, Tofino and surrounding areas.

On central Vancouver Island, the advisory applies to the Sproat and Somass Rivers and areas surrounding Port Alberni.

The advisory also applies to parts of the south coast on the mainland.

READ MORE: Baby, it’s nasty outside: wind and rain will continue across Vancouver Island

READ MORE: Cancelled ferries kept Hydro crew from reaching Cortes during blackout

The River Forecast Centre said on Thursday afternoon that a Pacific storm had delivered 50-130 mm over a 24-hour period in parts of B.C., along with significant snowfall on higher terrain.

A series of powerful storms is expected to ease up overnight, but another storm system is in the forecast later on Friday. More storms are expected on the weekend and into the coming week.

The River Forecast Centre said its advisory will be updated as warranted by conditions.

High streamflow advisories indicate that river levels are on the rise or expected to rise rapidly. They don’t indicate that major flooding is expected, but minor flooding in low-lying areas may occur.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

CRD explores option to use Oak Bay Lodge for people who are homeless

Motion asks staff to work with BC Housing, Island Health on possibilities

Public tips lead to arrest in alleged random assault on Victoria bus

June 19 incident was recorded by onboard camera

Sidney asking tourists to respect health guidelines

Messaging says Sidney is ‘excited to welcome smart, safe, and respectful visits’

B.C. residents can go to the Royal BC Museum for half price all summer

Museum reopening in phases, COVID-19 measures in place

Saanich police identify suspect in Brydon Park assault

No charges sworn, no arrest made as of July 9

VIDEO: Victoria’s Raging Grannies call for end to public funding of for-profit senior homes

Organizer says COVID-19 has made senior home issues more apparent

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Most Read