Thursday, June 7, 2012

Westminster Pier Park Opening Celebration - June 16, 2012


On Saturday, June 16th, the City of New Westminster will be celebrating the official opening of Westminster Pier Park from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Everyone is invited to join us for the grand opening ceremonies accompanied with an afternoon of main stage entertainment, recreational activities in the Kids’ & Sports Zones, amazing food from River Market vendors and lots more.

The Westminster Pier Park opening signifies a milestone in New Westminster’s history, and we hope you can join us as we celebrate the wonderful new addition to our city!

For more information, please visit our website at www.newwestcity.ca

Thank you,


Ashleigh Young  |  Communications Coordinator

Lower Fraser River Commentary Issued: 6 June2012 3:15PM


New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster would like to provide the following update to residents regarding the water levels on the Fraser River, received from the BC River Forecast Centre as of June 6, 2012.

Over the past week, air temperatures have been cooling throughout the Fraser River basin.  A minor precipitation event from June 1 to 2 has created a slight increase for flows on the Fraser River at the Water Survey of Canada gauge at Hope.  Flows peaked mid-day Wednesday, June 6 and will decrease gradually over the following two days.  Flows should bottom out mid-day Friday before increasing significantly over the weekend and into next week in response to a weather system currently affecting the upper reaches of the Fraser River.  It generally takes 3 – 4 days for increased flows to move from the headwaters of the Fraser River to the Lower Fraser Valley.

Currently, a large-scale upper low pressure system is significantly affecting the Upper Fraser, Thompson and Cariboo regions.   Most mid to high elevation snow stations still measure 60 to 90% of their total snow remaining.  The heavy rain could enhance the melting rate of the snowpack. River levels at Hope will begin increasing on the weekend.  They are expected to reach their highest levels of the freshet so far early next week.

Uncertainty over the flow forecast is largely due to the unsettled weather trend and the resulting amount of rain that falls.  Wetter than expected conditions may lead to higher than forecast flows.  There are currently no signs of significant hot spells forecast in the next 7  days. 

The City of New Westminster Emergency Management Office will continue to monitor the situation through regular liaison with the experts at the federal and provincial government levels and will continue to provide updates to the community as necessary. In the meantime, interested members of the public may wish to visit the city website at newwestcity.ca for further information on the 2012 Fraser River Freshet including links to provincial bodies responsible for public safety.


Cory McLaren  |  Emergency Planning Assistant

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Update on Fraser River water levels and spring freshet


New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster would like to provide the following update to residents regarding the water levels on the Fraser River, received from the BC River Forecast Centre as of June 1, 2012.

Weather over the past week has been modest, with no major heat spells or rain. Currently river levels across the province are below levels of concern, and most rivers are flowing at near normal levels for this time of year. Significant snow pack remains at upper elevations across the province, and seasonal flood risk is still present on most river systems including the Fraser Basin. Flood risk is expected to persist through June in the region.

The current weather forecast is for a frontal system to move across British Columbia throughout Friday. Environment Canada has forecasted a large scale upper trough and it is expected to persist into next week, bringing cool and unsettled weather. There is the potential for additional rainfall into the middle of next week. Rivers are forecasted to see rises through the weekend within normal levels, with the most notable increases in tributaries and main stem flows in the Upper and Lower Fraser River.

The City of New Westminster Emergency Management Office will continue to monitor the situation through regular liaison with the experts at the federal and provincial government levels and will continue to provide updates to the community as necessary. In the meantime, interested members of the public may wish to visit the city website at newwestcity.ca for further information on the 2012 Fraser River Freshet including links to provincial bodies responsible for public safety.

For further information please visit newwestcity.ca or sign up for our public safety bulletins
Thank you
Cory McLaren  |  Emergency Planning Assistant
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