A flood watch advisory for the Birkenhead River has ended as of noon on Tuesday (May 14).
Heavy rains over the weekend and on Monday (May 13) resulted in a flood watch on the Birkenhead River and high stream flow advisory being put into effect for all rivers in the Sea to Sky corridor.
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District's (SLRD) Emergency Operations Centre is worked with the Pemberton Valley Dyking District and the Lil'wat Nation to complete an emergency dyke along the Birkenhead River.
"Our first priority is ensuring that residents are safe," said Susie Gimse, Electoral Area C Director in a press release. "SLRD staff, our partner organizations and contractors have all been working around the clock to make sure the dyke holds."
Unseasonably warm temperatures have resulted in rapid snow melt over the past week, increasing the annual freshset. On top of that, heavy rainfall over the 48 hours prior caused river levels to surge.
SLRD staff will continue to closely monitor the situation and equipment operators are on call should any issues arise.
High stream flow advisories have been issued for all other rivers in the Sea to Sky corridor, including the Lillooet, Squamish, Cheakamus and Mamquam rivers.
Residents of the Squamish, Paradise and Pemberton Valleys are urged to use extreme caution when working or being active around river channels as water levels can rapidly rise. Residents and businesses are also reminded to have a flood preparedness plan in place and to take measures to shore up flood protection efforts. For more information on how to prepare for floods, visit www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/floods/preparedness.html or drop by the SLRD office to pick up a flood preparedness brochure.
People with concerns, or those requiring access to sandbags are asked to contact Ryan Wainwright, SLRD Emergency Operations Centre director, at 604-698-6442 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SLRD will continue to provide information updates as the situation changes, which will be posted on the SLRD website: www.slrd.bc.ca. The SLRD Emergency Program is also on twitter: @SLRD_Emergency.