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Burnaby hosts info forum on flood response plan Tuesday

With snowpacks at higher than normal levels, Burnaby city hall is hosting a public information forum on its Fraser River flood response plan on Tuesday, May 22, 4 to 8 p.m. at Riverway Golf Course Clubhouse.

All concerned Burnaby residents, business and property owners are invited to attend to learn more about the city's plan and people can do to protect their property.

The current snowpack in the Fraser River basin is 131 per cent of normal and heavy snowpacks are distributed in areas that create an elevated flood risk through the entire length of the main stem of the Fraser from the Robson Valley to the Fraser Valley, according to a city press release.

The Provincial River Forecast Centre is forecasting higher than normal runoff volumes for the Fraser Basin, with peak flows dependent on the weather during the spring freshet from May to July.

South Burnaby's Big Bend area adjacent to the river, including the Riverside neighbourhood, is largely protected by dikes but could be at risk of flooding if water levels exceed the barriers. The city's flood response plan includes temporary measures to provide additional protection as well as educating the public on how best to respond to any potential emergency that could result.

The Riverway Golf Course Clubhouse is at 9001 Bill Fox Way, Burnaby. As part of the forum, a presentation will be made at 4:30 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m.

Info: 604-294-7460.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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