BC village facing prospect of record floods

Published: April 30, 2018

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



The village of Cache Creek in British Columbia has been put on high alert for flooding, with climate experts saying the region could be hit by record floods during this week.

Mayor John Ranta declared a state of local emergency last week. Storms have caused water levels to rise and floods have already closed several provincial highways around the village. As well as rain, the village is being affected by snowmelt.

The village has already seen minor flooding, but the worse is yet to come. "There's debris all over the street and it's quite a mess," Ranta said, and told residents to place sandbags and take other precautions for worst-case scenarios.

Water levels reached a peak last Friday and were receding by Saturday, but experts say this is a false hope that the floods have passed. Indeed, David Campbell of the BC River Forecast Centre said computer modelling points to record flooding coming to the Bonaparte River this week. He also warned that the traditional flood season has only just started.

“We still have a couple of months left of this,” he said.

Over the next week, the modelling projects the Bonaparte River will double its water flow and could reach a level not seen for 90 years. Campbell says wildfire damage from last year’s record wildfire season is a major contributor to the swelling.