Fraser River Will Surge Over Dikes, Experts Find


In the first in his series of five articles published by The Tyee, an online newspaper, science journalist Chris Wood describes how hundreds of thousands of Lower Mainland residents living behind dikes along the Fraser River face a far more deadly flood threat than they know.

Writes Wood, “A return of floods seen in the past would overtop existing dikes by as much as three feet at Mission, a new modelling study predicts.” Should the Fraser River rise to the level of previous floods, dikes from New Westminster upstream as far as Harrison River would fail in “multiple” locations.

For more on the series, including links to each story by Chris Wood, please click here. A full-time writer for over twenty-five years, Chris Wood was formerly National Editor, Business Editor, U.S. and later Pacific-rim correspondent for Maclean's magazine.


The Tyee is an independent publication that went online in November 2003. According to David Beers, Editor, “We're dedicated to publishing lively, informative news and views, not dumbed down fluff. We, like the tyee salmon for which we are named, roam free and go where we wish.” Over the past three years, The Tyee has attracted some of the best journalists in B.C. who have broken many important stories.


Posted August 2006