Splish Splash: Water Front Land

I always said I would have water front property one day, but I just didn’t think it would be in Fort Langley. The fear and shock of flooding is all the buzz, from the news papers to the sight outside my living room window, the water is, with out a doubt, getting higher. The flooding water is early this year, due in part to having such a snow filled winter this last season, and many predictions of how high and long it will last are all around.

I like how the British Columbia Emergency Service spews out measurements like: “the water level will reach 1.7 metres by June 7, and the dykes can withstand 1.8 metres….” Well, 1.8 from what? Where or what are you basing this on? It is really hard to get a visual of just how high that is in terms of where I live in Fort Langley. I wish they would put markers on the bridge, or in a public area, so that we all could see what the various levels are compared to other floods from the past. I would like to walk down to the river and see where we stand without guessing.

The good news is, workers are going along the shore-line clearing trees and brush, moving earth and rocks, getting ready for the higher water. They did a lot work on Bray/ McMillian Island, the little island that you travel over before you board the Albion Ferry on the Fort Langley side. If we pass the 1948 flood levels, than that chunk of real estate is going under for sure. Also, the Ferry announced today that a weight restriction of one ton per vehicle is now enforce for people boarding the it. Yup, it boils down to like what someone wrote on the gang-plank going onto the Ferry: “1 800-cal-Noah”

This just added [June 6, 2007] : Here is the website for the Mission Gauge, the place everyone talks about when measuring the performance of the Fraser River. Please note that it is part of Environment Canada, and is just a graph that shows the rise and fall of the water levels in real time. You need to agree to the “disclaimer” too before you can view the page. To view all other river systems in British Columbia, click here.

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