Barnston Island under evacuation alert due to possible flooding

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Barnston Island is pictured after a flood advisory was issued due to rising water from the Fraser River in Langley, British Columbia on Thursday, June 30, 2022.  (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)
Barnston Island is pictured after a flood advisory was issued due to rising water from the Fraser River in Langley, British Columbia on Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)

Metro Vancouver is urging residents of Barnston Island near Surrey to brace for a potential evacuation order over the long weekend due to possible flooding.

About 150 people live on the island, situated on the Fraser River, between Surrey and Pitt Meadows. 

Metro Vancouver, which issued an evacuation alert Thursday, says residents should be prepared to leave on short notice.

A local state of emergency has been declared, restricting access to the island, while Barnston Island Regional Park is also closed.

Metro Vancouver, which is responsible for emergency management for the area, says it has established a command post on site to coordinate any potential evacuation. Officials are also monitoring river levels, patrolling dikes and deploying sandbags.

Flood response information has been shared with the Katzie First Nation, which has a reserve on the small island.

Ben Nelms/CBC
Ben Nelms/CBC

The B.C. River Forecast Centre, Environment Canada and Emergency Management B.C. have warned that snowmelt and precipitation could lead to increasing river flows over the next several days.

Metro Vancouver issued the following recommendations for residents of the island:

  • Gather essential items, medications, eyeglasses, valuable documents, immediate care needs, and pets, and prepare to leave quickly.

  • Know the location of all members of the household and determine a place to meet if separated during a potential evacuation.

  • Be prepared to evacuate children, the elderly and disabled persons.

  • Begin relocating pets and livestock to a safe area immediately.

  • Arrange accommodation.

  • If time permits, take steps to prepare for property damage.

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