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Township lifts evacuation alert

River Road is closed at 264 Street between 84 Avenue and 88 Avenue due to flooding. - Miranda Gathercole
River Road is closed at 264 Street between 84 Avenue and 88 Avenue due to flooding.
— image credit: Miranda Gathercole

An evacuation alert issued by the Township of Langley two weeks ago has been rescinded.

The alert was issued June 20 to residents in the unprotected areas of Glen Valley, Northwest Langley, Brae Island and McMillan Island, as the Fraser River continued to rise and threatened to overflow its banks.

However, the water level is now receding and the fear of flooding in low-lying areas is over, the Township says.

“The Township of Langley would like to thank everyone involved with and affected by this year’s freshet, especially those in the 147 homes and business who were put on evacuation alert. We appreciate their patience and cooperation,” said Township Director of Public Works Roeland Zwaag. “We also want to thank members of the public for their understanding as rising waters caused roads, trails, and Fort Langley’s Marina Park to be shut down.”

The alert was part of a comprehensive flood plan that is followed by Langley Township each year during freshet season. As the Fraser River rises, monitoring and levels of action also escalate to ensure public safety.

“The well-being of everyone who lives and works here is our top priority and we have to be prepared for whatever happens,” Zwaag said. “Thankfully we didn’t experience the type of flooding that was seen in other parts of the province, but it is better to be safe than sorry.”

The Marina Park boat launch and the portions of the Fort-to-Fort Trail are still closed, and will remain that way until water levels recede further.

 

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