2018 Fraser River Freshet Information

For Provincial water level forecasts, visit the BC River Forecast Centre.

For more information, please call our freshet information line at 604.793.2757.

May 18, 2018 Update - The Fraser River at Mission is at 5.9m today, a slight increase since yesterday.  The BC River Forecast Centre is predicitng that levels could reach 6.6m on the Mission gauge by Monday May 21. The 6.6m level is slightly above the level of 6.4m reached in 2012.    

May 17, 2018 Update - The Fraser River at Mission is at 5.8m today, a slight increase since yesterday.    

May 16, 2018 Update - The Fraser River at Mission is at 5.7m today, an increase of 0.2m since yesterday. The BC River Forecast Centre is predicting that levels could reach 6.7m on the Mission gauge by May 20.

May 15, 2018 Update - The Fraser River at Mission is at 5.5m today, an increase of 0.2m since yesterday.  The current BC River Forecast Centre is predicting that levels could reach 6.6m on the Mission gauge in the next 7-10 days (approximately May 22).   

The rising river levels will cause the local groundwater table to rise as well, so residents in parts of Fairfield Island may get some water in their basements as has occurred during past freshets.  It is recommended that precautions be taken, such as having a sump pump ready or moving items off the basement floor.

Press Release: Evacuation Orders Issued for Three Properties at Carey Point

May 14, 2018 Update - The Fraser River at Mission gauge is at 5.3m today, an increase of 0.4m since Friday. The current BC River Forecast Centre is predicting levels to reach 5.5m over the next few days. Current modelling indicates that water levels could reach 6 - 6.5 m on the Mission Gauge by May 22nd. As a comparison, the river reached 6.4m at Mission in 2012 and 7.1m in 1972.

May 11, 2018 Update - The Fraser River at Mission gauge is at 4.9m today, a slight increase from yesterday's 4.8m.

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a streamflow advisory for the Fraser River. Warmer weather earlier this week has increased snowmelt runoff across the basin. Rises through the lower reaches of the Fraser River are expected to continue into the weekend (at Mission up to 5.5 m).  Over the weekend and into next week, high pressure is forecast to dominate the weather pattern across British Columbia, with warmer temperatures late-weekend, and hot temperatures forecast across the Interior early next week. Ongoing accelerated snowmelt is expected to lead to ongoing rapid rises on the Fraser River throughout next week. Current modelling is indicating the potential for flows at Mission of approximately 6.0 - 6.5 m by late next week.

As a comparison, the 2017 peak level was 5.6m, and the 2012 peak level was 6.4m. 

We will continue to monitor snowpack conditions and will provide updated seasonal flood risk forecasts as they become available from the BC River Forecast Centre.  

May 9, 2018 Update: Press Release: Updated Provincial Forecast for Fraser River Levels Leads to Evacuation Alert for Carey Point