When the Waters Rise is a two-part video series from 2020 that offers an overview of Fraser River and coastal flood hazards in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, the expected impacts of a large-scale flood in the region, and opportunities for flood risk reduction:
- Part 1: Preparing for the big flood in BC’s Lower Mainland
- Part 2; Priorities and choices in BC’s Lower Mainland
The focus of the videos is large-scale Fraser River and coastal floods, which are the floods most likely to have widespread impacts across the Lower Mainland. Other types of flood, however, can also be serious. These include periods of heavy, sustained rainfall, such as the atmospheric rivers that resulted in the Nooksack River flooding of Sumas Prairie in November 2021,
Work continues in 2022 on a Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy (LMFMS), with participation of governments and other organizations with flood management responsibilities or interests in the region. Participants provided input on a preliminary working draft (Draft 1) in 2021. However, more work is ahead to strengthen the initiative, ensure the full participation of First Nations and determine common strategic directions.
Some communities in the region are also working on local priorities for flood risk reduction. Check with your local government or other local authority for information on local flood plans, flood works and flood risk reduction in your community.