Flood evacuation alert lifted in Abbotsford

Fears that the Fraser River flood unprotected areas diminishes as water level keeps falling.

Abbotsford rescinded the flood evacuation alert in all of the unprotected areas of Glen Valley and Matsqui Prairie said Acting Fire Chief, Dale Unrau on Wednesday.

The alert was issued June 20, 2012 to residents in the unprotected areas of Glen Valley and Matsqui Prairie.

“We would like to thank residents of Glen Valley and Matsqui Prairie for their understanding as rising waters caused roads, trails, and access to some of their homes to be shut down,” said Unrau.

The alert was part of a Flood Response Plan that is followed by the City of Abbotsford each year during freshet season. As the Fraser River rises, monitoring and levels of action also escalate to ensure public safety.

River Road is open to the public with the portion of River Road east of Bradner Road restricted to passenger vehicles and limited truck traffic only.

The Fraser River at Mission reached peak levels on Monday, July 2, at 6.25 metres and has now dropped to 5.97 m. With an improvement of weather and declining snowmelt rates, flows from the major tributaries to the lower Fraser River are dropping and expected to remain below levels of concern.

The City of Abbotsford will continue to monitor river conditions and provide updates as required through the City’s website at www.abbotsford.ca and the Flood Information Phone line at 604-864-5688.

In order to improve the Flood Response Plan procedures, the City of Abbotsford will be scheduling a Town Hall meeting, to allow residents to provide feedback. The date and location will be announced on the city’s website as well as posted on Facebook and Twitter.