British Columbia

Rainfall warning issued for northern B.C.'s Peace River region over the weekend

Environment Canada warns rainfall of up to 50 millimetres is expected between Friday and late Saturday, and heavy rainfall can raise the risk of localized flooding.

Rainfall could reach 60 to 80 mm near Hudson's Hope and Chetwyn on Friday and Saturday

Environment Canada warns Hudson's Hope and other parts of the Peace River region of northern B.C. could face heavy rainfall of 60 to 80 millimetres on Friday and Saturday. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

Environment Canada warns prolonged rains will drench parts of northern B.C. over the weekend, raising the potential for localized flooding.

A rainfall warning has been issued for the North and South Peace River regions as the weather office says rainfall of up to 50 millimetres is expected between Friday and late Saturday.

Forecasters say total rainfall could reach 60 to 80 mm near Hudson's Hope and Chetwynd before downpours ease to showers as the storm moves on.

The warning says heavy rainfall on top of pre-existing saturated soils can worsen and raise the risk of localized flooding.

The Peace River region has been plagued by floods caused by heavy rainfalls around this time in the past. In June 2020, for instance, several roads in Dawson Creek were closed due to flooding, and some in rural areas were washed out by floodwater.

The River Forecast Centre has upgraded a high streamflow advisory to a flood watch for the Peace Region, advising that waterways could reach levels only experienced once a decade as rain combines with ongoing snowmelt.

The centre says conditions are expected to peak by Sunday.

It is maintaining a high streamflow advisory for the Bulkley River and its tributaries in northwestern B.C., as rain and snowmelt push those waterways to two- to five-year flows before their expected peak early Sunday.

The Peace River near Hudson's Hope, B.C. The River Forecast Centre has advised that waterways could reach high levels when rain combines with ongoing snowmelt. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

With files from CBC News

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