Localized Flooding in Moricetown; BV Search-and-Rescue Reminds Residents to Be Careful

5/12/2017

Steady rain continues to fall in the Bulkley Valley, resulting in some localized flooding in the Moricetown area -- and concerns throughout the valley.

There's been some flooding two kilometres west of Moricetown, resulting in single-lane, alternating traffic.    

Flooding on a small road in the area has blocked off seven homes.

The River Forecast Centre has issued a Flood Watch for the Bulkley River, as well as small streams and tributaries, around Houston, Telkwa and Smithers.

Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue President Fred Oliemans says people need to be careful near rivers and streams.

"We've had a bunch of rain in the past 24 hours, and Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings, and the valley is expecting significant rain all the way through to Saturday night, so Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue would just like remind everybody that there  could be rising floodwaters and just make sure that you stay safe and don't approach any washouts, creeks, culverts, that kind of thing, and in the event of any emergencies anybody sees, to call 911," he said.

The valley is expected to receive significant rainfall until Saturday night, and that -- combined with mountain snowmelt -- is causing creeks and rivers to swell to near flood-stage.