Sunday, June 03, 2007

Waiting For Flooding

Communities and home-owners along the banks of the Fraser, Bulkey and Skeena Rivers in British Columbia are on evacuation warning. The earliest evacuations could begin on Tuesday in northern BC, as a low-pressure storm system moves over B.C from the southwest, probably dumping large amounts of rain.(pictured).
The 33 degree celsius-plus weather has already raised the rivers by several feet this weekend, as there is still a lot of snow in the many mountain ranges along Western BC. Way too much snow.
If the storm system brings a lot of rain and the temperatures rise again later in the week, we could see the biggest flooding in this area in years. The river levels are forecasted to be the highest since 1972.

For now, even in my hometown of Smithers, residents flock to the rivers occasionally to check the levels and watch the water come up. Honestly, our dark, curious sides actually want to see nature inflict it's wrath. Hell, I love natural disasters even if it is at the expense of others' belongings, but never their lives.
It really doesn't pay to live on a flood plain with a river bank that is 4 feet high or less. And it is abundantly clear at times like this.

CTV News footage of floodings in Passmore, BC.

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At June 3, 2007 at 11:19 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

Where is that first picture taken? Eddy Park???

The mountain looks a little far away to be Telkwa... great pic, though.

I imagine I'll be one busy sonofagun for the next couple of weeks. I sure hope people take precautions... like moving their expensive collectibles and shite out of their basement! You have no idea how many basements I walk into and see thousands of dollars worth of stuff (aka junk) lying around. Makes pumping out the water a lot more difficult :-)

At June 3, 2007 at 11:21 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Eddie Park it is!

Man, the river is almost going over the bank at the end of main street. It's inches away. It's funny, so many people are driving by, stopping and watching.

Should be an interesting week..for you too unfortunately! :)

At June 4, 2007 at 10:37 a.m. , Blogger american oil said...

Ah.....Smithers...haven't been there in years....

Have fun...I am sure it will be an adventure

At June 4, 2007 at 11:02 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Let me guess, you passed through here on your way to Alaska, right? :)

At June 4, 2007 at 11:10 a.m. , Blogger american oil said...

Nope...actually...I have gone fishing up that direction ( I have passed through there coming from the Yukon to University in Alaska. are wrong. Ha.

At June 4, 2007 at 11:27 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Women go fishing? Is that right? I thought they just popped out kids and stayed at home while the husbands did all the fun stuff with their buddies! :)

At June 4, 2007 at 11:29 a.m. , Blogger american oil said...

Shit, I missed that memo....hmm...must be why I am happily divorced! To be honest, my job is fishing, so I tend to get to do alot of it. Also tend to do alot of hockey....and yet..still a woman.....will wonders never cease.

(wait...before you picture this burley woMAN - I should mention I am NOT a commercial fisherman)

At June 4, 2007 at 11:32 a.m. , Blogger american oil said...

oh...and screw Alaska...I didn't go to University there.....I came through Smithers the first time traveling from the Yukon TO ALBERTA.

Shit, yeah...ok...not much better then Alaska.

At June 4, 2007 at 1:46 p.m. , Blogger Jay Jardine said...

The Fraser sure is one long-ass river.

Good luck Smithers-folk, it's all headed our way (New Westminster) eventually. Here's to high-rise living.


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