Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan confirmed today that he has asked City of Vancouver staff to review emergency response plans in light of the recent Fraser Valley flood forecast. Todayâ€™s confirmation follows Mayor Sullivanâ€™s recognition of Emergency Preparedness Week at Tuesdayâ€™s City Council meeting.
â€œFloods are serious business and we canâ€™t be overly preparedâ€, said Mayor Sullivan. â€œIn addition to protecting the residents of Vancouver, we want to be there to help our neighbours if they need assistance in the unlikely event of a major crisis.â€
Mayor Sullivan has asked City staff to:
On April 5, the BC River Forecast Centre issued a flood risk advisory for the Fraser River and its tributaries â€“ from above Prince George to the Lower Mainland.
In light of very substantial snow packs, the Centre is forecasting well above normal spring runoff and a significant potential for May/June flooding in some areas.