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Nechako River at Vanderhoof Flows

June 4, 2015 8:41 am - 674.00 m3  Primary Water Level 5.393 m

June 4, 2015 1:00 pm - 674.22 m3  Primary Water Level 5.394 m

June 5, 2015 5:00 am - 675.42 m3  Primary Water Level 5.4 m

June 5. 2015 10:11 am - 675.76 m3 Primary Water Level 5.401 m

June 8, 2015 8:00 am - 671.359 m3 Primary Water Level 5.381 m

June 9, 2015 11:00 am - 664.332 m3 Primary Water Level 5.349 m

June 10, 2015 6:00 am - 658.86 m3 Primary Water Level 5.324 m

June 15, 2015 7:00 am - 646.655 m3 Primary Water Level 5.268 m

June 16, 2015 12 noon - 647.959 m3 Primary Water Level 5.274 m

Flood Watch Advisory

The River Forecast Centre provides the water advisory'es for the Nechako River at Vanderhoof. Currently the Nechako River is at Flood Watch Advisory. A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur. For to most current flood advisory message please go to the River Forecast Centre's website at: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant. A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible. A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.

The Water Office has a gauge and measures the water level at the Burrard Street bridge. Below is a table that shows the height of the river at the bridge as it relates to flow rate. As of May 28, 2015, the current flow rate at the bridge was 597 cm/s (cubic metres per second).

m m3/s m
634.733 200 2.927
635.296 300 3.490
635.852 400 4.046
636.116 450 4.310
636.371 500 4.565
636.495 525 4.689
636.617 550 4.811
636.738 575 4.932
636.856 600 5.050
636.974 625 5.168
637.089 650 5.283
637.203 675 5.397
637.316 700 5.510
637.428 725 5.622
637.538 750 5.732

You can view the Nechako water level at: http://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/report_e.html?type=realTime&stn=08JC001.


In 2007 the floodplain of the Nechako River at Vanderhoof was mapped. PLEASE NOTE that the river morphology and bathymetry have changed somewhat since 2007. The actual behaviour of the rising river water may not follow the same pattern as 2007 or as shown on the maps. These maps are a guide only.

Hover over the map to find your area and click the map sheet number. The map will pop up. The maps are large files so may take a minute to load.

Map Sheet 1018 Map Sheet 1219 Map Sheet 416 Map Sheet 517 Map Sheet 518 Map Sheet 616 Map Sheet 716 Map Sheet 917 Map Sheet 918 Map Sheet 1116 Map Sheet 816 Map Sheet 717 Map Sheet 617 Map Sheet 618 Map Sheet 718 Map Sheet 818 Map Sheet 819 Map Sheet 919

Flood Preparedness

Emergency Management BC has a helpful handout that provides information on how to prepare for floods for your home and family.Go to the following link to get the document. http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/hazard_preparedness/flood_tips/Preparing-family-home.pdf


  • Sandbags and sand is available at public works, and residents will be able to contact the District of Vanderhoof at 250-567-4711.
  • Local residents are reminded to stay clear of streams during the spring runoff period due to highly saturated and unstable riverbank conditions and swiftly flowing water.
  • Livestock and other possessions of value should be moved to higher terrain if possible.


Volunteer List

The District of Vanderhoof is compling a list of volunteers to fill and place sandbags in the event the Nechako River at Vanderhoof continues to rise.

You may sign-up at the municipal office, or by emailing the Fire Chief at the link below. Please use the words Flood Volunteer in the subject line. Please include your name and phone number as well.

Flood Volunteer - email sign-up